Speed traps: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?


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by Kim Boccia (Contact)   | 52 entries

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(In response to last week’s column)

After doing some research, the best advice from the fashion experts is: “stay out of your child’s closet.” Women, no more minnies with leggings, sorry. Men, no socks with sandals, ever. You can follow the fashion trends, but make it the trends of your age. There’s more to life than looks. I know, I didn’t believe it at first either, but it’s true. It’s time we sit back, and enjoy the ride — and I don’t mean in a red convertible Corvette.

Caught in a speed trap

In every city, big or small, there’s what some call a “speed trap.” Some are enforced more than others, and for good reason. As mentioned in my brief bio, I live in Poland, which is well-known for its strict 25 mph speed limit. People have even told me that they hate driving through there because of it.
I have to say that in my teens I might have agreed, but now as a parent I have to disagree. If you hate driving through here it’s probably because you’re speeding. It turns out that the speed limit is 25 for a reason — to keep everyone safe — especially the children (including mine.)
I did a test with my mom and sister a couple of years ago, and although it was quite comical, it was very effective. The speed limit on her street is 25 and sometimes it seems as if people are flying (including my dad). My mom got into her car and drove down her street at 25 mph while my sister and I watched from the front porch.
With our coffee in hand, we were unimpressed but extremely amused. Her speed seemed perfect. Then she drove down the street again at 30 mph, her hands at 10 and 2, leaning forward as if driving a getaway car. Much to our surprise, 30 mph seemed excessive. It looked as if she was carelessly flying down the street when it was simply 5 mph faster.
Although 5 mph doesn’t sound like much, my sister and I bear witness that it is. So maybe the big bad police aren’t so bad after all. Maybe they’re just doing their job and protecting the people, and if you think otherwise, it’s because you are the “getaway driver.”
So I ask you this, is it fair to place blame on the rule enforcer, or should we just respect the rules that keep us all safe?
Just asking…

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