To the Editor: As a lifelong conservative with libertarian leanings, I find my feelings regarding the need for traffic cameras on the streets of Manchester somewhat out of character.
That said, with my 50-plus years of driving experience, I find that today’s drivers here in Manchester are likely the WORST in my lifetime.
Some would say that the lack of roadway courtesy demonstrated by unsafe and even dangerous drivers is limited to large urban cities, not so! It has been my recent experience that many drivers here in the Queen City are rude, impatient and definitely law breakers. I witness people driving and texting, talking on their cell phones, running red lights and stop signs and speeding in school and work zones. And one law that almost everybody breaks is the “right turn on red after stop” traffic law. The “rolling stop” or the “foot on brake but don’t stop” maneuver is pervasive.
Even school bus drivers who are entrusted with the safety of our children break many traffic laws, such as speeding in school zones and not stopping at stop signs.
It is discouraging to watch so many violations daily and see little enforcement. Cameras are used in many cities to hold motorists accountable. We could do the same thing here in Manchester. This would free up resources to deal with other crimes. Violators would be prosecuted, fines would be given, revenue would be brought to the city and justice would be served.
Titus Avenue, Manchester