Really can't afford the wait?
Many people in Colorado Springs are unhappy with the thought of red light cameras at specific intersections throughout the city.
I wonder why they are upset. Is it because they are red light runners? They don't want to get caught.
I've often wondered what people are thinking when they run a red light. I understand they don't much care about me or my property/passengers. But, really do they not even care about their own property and passengers?
On Friday, in a 9-mile drive to work I counted six people that ran red lights. Really, you can't wait 2 minutes for the next green light? Are you that much more important than me? You really can't afford the wait?
Getting worse as time passes
I am fully behind the installation of red light cameras in the city. I could suggest a few spots where I drive the most but find red lights ignored almost everywhere. I have started to enter an intersection no telling how many times when my light turns green only to have to wait for as many as four cars to come through the red light before I can proceed (usually only one or two).
I have learned to look both directions even when I have the green light after having nearly been hit more than once when a car so late my light has turned green and I have entered the intersection when a car flies through the red light. And it is getting worse as time goes on. The Bible tells us if justice is not quick the peoples' hearts grow hard. No red light tickets, and more and more are running them.
Raise fine for running a red light
The city is always telling us they need more money. They then spend money on bike lanes that practically nobody uses and now on red light cameras.
I expect people will find they are getting a ticket when they were having difficulty stopping because of ice on the road. People trying to stop to avoid the ticket may actually cause more accidents.
They tell us this pushing the light change behavior is a safety hazard. How many accidents are caused by this behavior?
Raise the fine for running a red light if you have to do anything.
That costs nothing, and the city can raise a few more dollars that way.
Turning us into Boulderado Springs
Thank you to all the progressives who put Richard Skorman back on the City Council. When he has his way, there will be a traffic camera in every driveway.
First thing the city will do, once they are up and running, is decrease the length of the yellow cycle. Great way to increase the revenue flow, which is what the cameras are all about anyway.
Of course when Skorman closes the Drake power plant, there won't be electricity to power the red light cameras, so it will work itself out in the long run.
Thanks for turning us into Boulderado Springs!
Hoping that there is a plan
While I appreciate Joey Bunch's article in the Nov. 19 edition of The Gazette titled "Where does Colorado go next on roads?", I encourage your team to inform readers of the status of not only the I-25 widening project but also any other major projects to relieve congestion on Powers Boulevard and Marksheffel Road.
These roads require extensive re-engineering and widening to accommodate the population growth on the east side of Colorado Springs.
The intersection of Powers and Research is now congested and takes 2-3 light cycles before the 20-30 cars going north and south on each side of Powers are able to clear the intersection. Is there a plan to provide a bridge as was done at Powers and Old Ranch Road?
Similarly, Marksheffel Road between North Carefree and Dublin Road is a nightmare for daily commuters. The lights at this intersection fail to provide a protected left hand turn signal for parents taking their children to school, teenagers going to Vista Ridge, and anyone trying to make it to work on time.
In the last two weeks, large earth movers began carving new entrances for a future development near Barnes and Marksheffel.
This former country road is dilapidated and in dire need of expansion, to meet the increased demand on this side of the city.
I seem to recall that Mayor John Suthers promised to fix our roads as part of his campaign platform.
I encourage him and our City Council to take care of the suburbs where voters like me voted to fix our city's roadways to continue to make Colorado Springs a sought-after place to live.
Otherwise, Colorado Springs may become just another city noted for traffic jams.
Dr. Mike Mlynarczyk
Honored by middle school students
On Nov. 10 Jenkins Middle School held a concert honoring the veterans. I don't believe I have ever been so honored by so many young people in my life.
The parents of those students should be so proud, it's beyond words how respectful and patriotic they were.
If you're active duty, know that the young in this country are our greatest asset and worth all the protection we can give them.
Again thank you students, I was honored.