Perhaps police officers need to start paying more attention to people walking and creating possible injury or death probabilities and put less energy on harassing drivers whose only traffic infraction often is minimal compared to the dangers of jaywalking and those thoughtless pedestrians taking chances with the vehicles and depending on the quick thinking or life-saving reactions of the drivers on the road, instead of targeting the drivers on their way to work, or maybe on their way home after a long day at the office, the police should target the jaywalkers and the so-called children (teenagers) who do whatever they want on our city streets — talking on their cell phones while jaywalking from the school side of the street to the 7-Eleven, and back and forth, giving the drivers a nasty look and slowing down their walk to deliberately further aggravate the drivers.
Instead of targeting the drivers, they should look for those women with two or three kids and one in a carriage ignoring all traffic rules, laws and plain common sense, to say nothing of putting their own children’s lives in danger.
Instead of being so concerned about a driver or two not wearing a seat belt (something that has not always been an issue), those motorcycle cops that normally invade Charleston Boulevard — once we counted eight motor cops between 10th Street and the Boulevard — should notice and ticket those thoughtless jaywalkers (whose actions have always been an issue) crossing the street right under their noses. Not issuing them citations just encourages them to keep being thoughtless and causing more accidents.
Instead of being so concerned about a driver who may have forgotten to activate the turn signal when no one is behind them or no cars are coming, those motor cops should be on the lookout for those homeless people pushing a shopping cart full of items they have been collecting and piling three feet high in the cart they may have taken from a faraway store without permission.
Those people are frustrated, have nothing to lose, and maybe are looking to take their frustration out on anyone that has nothing to do with their bad luck.
We have seen people in wheelchairs crossing Charleston Boulevard in the middle of the street — we believe it is called jaywalking.
Don’t tickets given to jaywalkers count toward their quotas? Or do the police only accrue “extra points” for benefits like days off with pay by ticketing the drivers of cars?
The famous Evel Knievel amazed and horrified onlookers on Dec. 31, 1967, by vaulting his motorcycle 151 feet over the fountains of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, only to land in a spectacularly bone-breaking crash.
However, Mr. Knievel did not inconvenience anyone on their way to work, or obstruct a family’s safe ride to enjoy dinner out; he broke his bones but did not destroy anyone’s life by standing or walking in front of their vehicle coming toward him at 35 MPH.
It is time for police officers to realize that even the few Evel Knievel wannabes on our streets need to be protected and saved from the many “harmless-looking” accident-creating jaywalkers — and the police are the only ones that can do the job they are getting paid to do.
Motorcycle cops need to stop hiding behind trees and stop signs waiting for their hapless victims to come to them instead of coming out into the open to do their job as normal police officers should do.
Maybe, and only maybe, if the police do their job as they are supposed to do, and watch both side of the street, they would realize that some crazy drivers are speeding along at three miles over the limit, but there are also selfish walking humans of all ages who don’t care for anyone but themselves, acting like they own the street.
If motorcycle cops want to hide AND do some good in the community, they need to hide behind something in front of any school, and bring two ticket books to enable them to write up all the tickets they want when these “children” start using their cell phones in the middle of the streets, putting on lipstick while crossing, or kissing during the entire crossing cycle in front of their school.
But then those tickets probably don’t count toward the quotas; better to spend energy on ticketing the seatbeltless driver going three miles over the limit, than losing benefits by working to save a child’s life.