ShareThis Page
Letters to the Editor

Soft on speeders

| Wednesday, April 6, 2005

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me