Peek-a-boo, I see you!
Do you remember playing “hide and seek” as a child? My kids still play it and seem to enjoy playing that game. I haven’t played it as an adult and don’t really feel the urge to play it any time soon. However, I have seen adults play “hide and seek” lately and it may seem a little unfair to some people.
I’ve recently seen our local police department enforcing the speed limits. They’re all over our region and I think that’s a good thing. Drivers need to keep their speed down in certain areas to ensure our roads are safe for both drivers and pedestrians. The problem as I see it is that they seem to be hiding behind hydro poles and bus shelters with their radar guns. Surprise! The mixed feelings that some people have is that drivers shouldn’t be speeding on these roads to begin with, but that they shouldn’t be tricked into getting a ticket either. Maybe there can be a compromise. Are they being tricked?
When I want my kids to play fair, I will often watch what they’re doing and make sure they know I’m watching them. They stop jumping on the chairs when they know I’m watching. Can’t our radar traps be the same? Would we keep our speeds slower if we saw the police up the road with their radar guns? Isn’t one of the purposes of radar to inform the public that their speed should be reduced? The reality of this is that we can see the police and their radar guns if we’re looking ahead and moving our eyes from building to building. By the time we see them, they’re already locked onto our vehicle and it’s too late to do anything to save yourself.
While I was on the freeway recently one morning I saw three police cruisers that had pulled drivers over for speeding. Just the sight of those officers seemed to keep traffic moving along at a reasonable rate of speed. There wasn’t anyone driving along recklessly. Perhaps knowing the police were monitoring the speed of traffic allowed everyone to play nicely.
Many years ago I would often find a speed trap on my regular trip to work. As drivers, we had to go under a long bridge and on the other side there was the police officer. They were standing there in plain view and their cruiser was also easily spotted. I would expect it to be there and would often keep my speed down. It made a lot of sense to me, mainly because it was close to a public school. Having the speed trap in the same location seemed to have worked as a preventive measure for drivers speeding. Most of the regular commuters kept their speed down during that stretch of road, so I guess the speed trap worked.
Maybe their plan is to keep it a surprise so drivers have to keep their speed down like they should. I think that’s a good idea, but as long as the police have these traps all across our city. If drivers know there may be speed traps anywhere, perhaps they’ll drive at a reasonable and prudent speed.