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Soft on speeders

| Wednesday, April 6, 2005 12:00 a.m

My sincerest sympathies go out to Bernice Bews and her family for the loss of her grandson Justin, who was killed at age 12 by a speeding motorist ( “A boy’s death,” April 4).

Avoiding this kind of tragedy is the main reason I moved out of Castle Shannon last year. I realized there was no way I could safely raise a child on the street I was living on because of the excessive speeding by literally hundreds of motorists every day. The speeds that cars traveled as they skimmed past my wife walking the baby on that narrow residential street (posted 15 mph) were terrifying.

Why does this occur• First, so many people nowadays have turned into inconsiderate jerks, with a “me first” mentality as they rush about the city taking care of their needs. Second, the penalties, if even caught, are a mere annoyance to most people, and not a deterrent.

As long as our lawmakers continue to have a liberal mentality regarding irresponsible behavior, this problem will continue. One retired lawmaker has his name plastered on one of those portable speed indicators to “remind” people that they might be speeding.

I guess he forgot that all cars nowadays have speedometers. This type of thinking, instead of stiff penalties and fines, is one of the reasons Justin died.

John M. Duffy
Upper St. Clair

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