I read the letter from Tom Cecchini in Northern Life, and have to agree with him. I can just imagine the young, overzealous officer “just doing his job” and how effective he is in ensuring the word of the law is meted out.
I’m 61 years of age, having moved here from Waterloo in the last six months, and never have I seen such terrible driving as on the roads of Sudbury. The four-lane streets such as Lasalle are getting narrower.
God forbid if you’re in the inside lane, having to broach the dividing line between you and the fellow beside you in the same direction. Do you think he will move over a bit and give you some of his lane? No.
If you’re sitting at Lorne and Martindale, waiting to turn left onto Martindale, don’t plan on getting through it on an amber, or when the light turns red either. You have to wait for the yahoos in their beat-up pickup trucks to drive through the red.
I sit at Montrose ready to turn left onto Lasalle, waiting for the traffic on Lasalle to stop as they continually go through a red light. Never have I seen such cowboy driving like this.
My advice for the acting chief is to make an effort with his young team of overzealous officers to sit at these intersections and get the red light runners.
That’s instead of sitting on the lake and effortlessly picking off 56-year-old snowmobilers who are doing 48 miles per hour on an open lake with no cars or pedestrians.
C’mon, size up the situation before you follow the instruction book on handing out tickets.
To the chief, this tells me you’re not really assessing and directing proper use of your forces’ efforts in focusing on the key areas of concerns.
Your results would be more effective in high-traffic areas than an easy radar hit on an empty lake. But it sure fills up a ticket book, doesn’t it?