Police in Garner say they are going to be more aggressive looking for speeders on U.S. 70. We say great.
As large as the traffic volume along that roadway is – and as narrow as that highway is through town – there’s no sense in drivers flaunting the speed limit.
And yet, statistics suggest they do so at an alarming rate. And all too often the end result is a bad one. Numbers provided by the Garner Police Department show that wrecks have increased along U.S. 70 in recent years. And a significant number of those wrecks involve drivers who have ignored the speed limit at their own peril and at the peril of others.
So we believe amped up enforcement, not only by the department’s traffic division but by the entire uniformed force, is a reasonable response.
We stand convinced that a driver who gets a ticket along U.S. 70 in Garner will think twice before speeding through that same area again. Consider the traffic violations you’ve been cited for in the past. If you ran a stop sign and got ticketed, we suspect you make sure never to roll through that particular stop sign again.
If drivers slow down, well, then speeding in that corridor will become less problematic.
If they do it without benefit of a ticket, simply because they know police will be watching, then all the better.
As he gave a report to town council recently, Chief Brandon Zuidema took great pains to explain that motorists who see more than the usual number of traffic stops along U.S. 70 are not witnessing officers trying to fill quotas.
Sadly, that’s not an uncommon argument among the uneducated who think police often had nothing better to do than write traffic tickets.
The truth is, Garner police would probably rather be focusing on more heinous crime. But as long as drivers are willing to ignore something as straightforward as a speed-limit sign, U.S. 70 will remain one of Garner’s most dangerous places. And that’s exactly where police should be.
And the people who are callous enough to disregard laws intended to keep everyone safe, deserve the special opportunity to meet one of Garner’s finest up close and personal while they get a ticket that hits them in the pocketbook.