Some readers responded to this week’s Sunday News package on road rudeness, speeding, and law enforcement by suggesting that the police go find something better to do. We don’t think there can be much better work than protecting public safety, and that includes on our highways and byways. We wonder if these are the same complainers who are aghast, and rightfully so, about efforts to “defund the police.”
Our stories reported that with roads newly crowded again, post-pandemic, police have noticed an uptick in bad driving. Speculation abounds as to the reasons but we too have noticed dangerous driving of late. That includes both reckless weaving in and out of lanes on the interstate and excessive speeding through neighborhood streets, where children play and adults jog or walk the dog.
Especially annoying to some of the complainers is the fact that the New Hampshire State Police use an eye in the sky to monitor traffic and track down the most egregious highway offenders.
The police plane has nabbed more than a few drivers at speeds of more than 100 mph. That’s fine for the NASCAR pros who competed on a closed track in Loudon over the weekend. It is not OK on the highway where local and tourist families alike are headed to or from a vacation spot.
Driving a motor vehicle, state highway traffic engineer Bill Lambert reminds us, “is probably the most dangerous thing most of us are ever going to do. We need to be treating it as such, which means we should be focusing on what’s around us, not just the bumper in front of us.”