Speed cameras will deter reckless drivers
Posted speed limits aren’t simply suggestions; they are laws in place to protect us all. While we need additional police officers to monitor against reckless drivers, we are so over-stressed with other crime issues that we have to consider speed cameras as a means of saving lives. We’ve see the catastrophic effects all too often in Philadelphia. Drive up and down Roosevelt Boulevard, which cuts straight through my senatorial district, and roadside memorials mark fatal accidents and serve as stark reminders of what can happen.
Over the years, a great deal has been done to enhance safety along this busy stretch of highway, which used to be known as the “kill zone.” Red-light cameras have helped prevent dangerous right-angle collisions and reduce the number of red-light running violations.
But there’s still more we can do. There’s no better enforcement tool than a strong police presence. And our police do an extraordinary job patrolling this highway and others all around the city. But these cops can’t monitor every mile of every highway. Speed cameras can help. When drivers know these devices are in use and they could face a fine for speeding, they slow down. This isn’t some new, untested technology. Speed cameras have been used in the United States since 1987. Today, more than 125 American cities and towns use the technology. In locations with speed cameras, fatal crashes have declined as much as 71 percent.
I want to be clear: Introducing speed cameras isn’t about cracking down on the daily commuter who may go a few miles per hour faster every so often to make a pass. This is about putting the brakes on reckless drivers who treat our highways as drag strips and put the lives of other motorists and pedestrians in jeopardy.
I want to end the days when highways like Roosevelt Boulevard are a haven for speeding, reckless drivers. With speed cameras, we can reduce the rate of crashes and the number of casualties, and truly ensure our roadways are safer.
Sen. Mike Stack
5th Senate District, Philadelphia
Let’s debate the Affordable Care Act
I am so annoyed at the gullibility of some in the public who believe the politically motivated lies of our politicians. Recently, on Bustleton Avenue, I saw people holding large cardboard signs, one of which said that Obama is in bed with Al Qaeda and showed him holding hands with a Saudi sheik and another sign with a painted Hitler mustache.
Fortunately, this type of stupidity is uncommon. The Affordable Care Act was renamed Obamacare by the Republican Party in hopes of cashing in on the president’s unpopularity. In a street poll, too many Americans showed their ignorance when asked whether they preferred Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act and chose one over the other despite the fact that they are the same law. One woman was sure that the law would require a computer chip being embedded in everyone’s arm.
Few people, including members of Congress, know the details of the Affordable Care Act despite the fact that, three years ago, both houses of Congress passed it and a year ago the Supreme Court found the law to be valid. Recently, we witnessed a 16-day shutdown of the federal government over funding the enacted law. It has been estimated that the shutdown took about $24 billion out of the economy.
I would love to watch on TV, for the benefit of all citizens, two well-informed congressional supporters of the bill sit on one side of a table and two similarly knowledgeable congressional opponents of the bill sit on the other side.
A moderator would ask questions of each side, and after they replied, the other side would be allowed to rebut their argument. We all would be enlightened. I would gladly tune in to better learn the issues and then decide who is right, wouldn’t you?
Thanks Riley and Sons
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Boyle Playground Letters of Apology
Two youths recently spray-painted graffiti on the basketball courts at Boyle Playground in Somerton. Their images were captured on security cameras, and they were arrested. As part of their adjudication, they were required to perform 40 hours of community service and write letters of apology to be published in the Times.
I want to apologize for vandalizing the basketball court. I didn’t mean to cause the community pain and suffering. I have learned a big lesson about caring for my community, and to not do things without thinking of the consequences.
It didn’t feel good to hurt my family. It was embarrassing. It was scary knowing that I could have gone to jail because of the bad choice that I made. I hope I can be forgiven for this, and I will never do anything like this again, or anything that is against the law.
I would like to apologize to the whole Somerton community for being involved in the vandalism that was done to Officer Daniel Boyle Playground’s basketball courts in November.
I realize now that I should not have done it, and I am really sorry. In doing what I did, I didn’t think about how beautiful of a playground it actually is, and how many children come to play at the playground or play sports.
I definitely will never do anything like that again, and I am now paying back the community for damage that I have caused. Thank you.