Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Winter of Our Discontent?
I got an email recently from a Canadian who had had the misfortune to fall into Officer Slick's speed trap busy work. A first trip to Point Roberts for lunch, then a $200 ticket, and a quick return to Canada. The Canadian wondered if this kind of thing was really good for business down here. I doubt it. I think it's largely a matter of revenue raising and, perhaps, a solution to not-enough-real-police work required at this posting. God knows we have a lot of law enforcement available to us.
I thought about asking the Community Advisory Committee to look into it. But, it turns out that, although the people I talk to think the speed trap activity is undesired and undesirable, other people think it is saving us from mayhem on the roadways: too much speeding going on here, accidents just waiting to happen (although they seem a little in short supply, actually). It is possible that what we actually have is posted speed limits that are too low. I don't know. But, that kind of community division on this kind of issue (the discussion of which will quickly turn into a fact/data-less talk undergirded by a lot of high-toned moral opinions--mine and theirs) is exactly what you don't want to start up in a small community unless you have more stomach for dissension than I have.
So, I can write about it, but I am unlikely to do more than that, coward that I am. And also, I'm cold.