Seconds spent running red lights not worth it

Nov. 5, 2011 at 6:05 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The ugly head of "red light cameras" rises again.

I drive at least 500 miles each week, and I see so many traffic violations that I wish I were a police officer rather than a physical therapist's assistant.

"Red light cameras lead to quotas." So ... your violation of the law leads to quotas?

How many seconds will you save by running a yellow/red light? How many months will your victim and I spend in painful recovery working on their physical therapy? Is 4 to 15 seconds worth four to six months of rehab? Is your life worth 4 to 15 seconds? Your LIFE. Your pain. Your family being notified you've been hurt or even killed? Just to save 4 to 15 seconds?

I've read somewhere that a lawful society is known by how well it obeys the laws of the land without the presence of law enforcement.

Please stop all phone calling and texting, especially while changing lanes or running those yellow/red lights. Please stop before you kill one of us law-abiding citizens. A moment of indiscretion can cause a lifetime of regret ... for someone ... Let it not be YOU.

Richard Vargas, physical therapist's assistant and Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (retired), Victoria


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