Thursday, April 26, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Hernando letters: Road work, a red-light camera and a no-win situation

No-win situation with this red light

If the purpose of using red-light cameras is to improve safety, then I am all for it. However, recently, I was driving through a very busy intersection at the corner of Broad Street and Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville, where a construction worker waved me to pass through a red light while his crew was surfacing the road. I did as the road worker directed me.

A few weeks later, I received a citation in the mail. I brought the ticket to an officer at the Brooksville Police Department to explain what had happened.

Clearly, if this program is all about public safety, then I strongly believe that a police officer should have been on location directing traffic for this very purpose. The officer showed me the video and argued that the construction worker was not within the video frame. It came to my word versus his word. Consequently, I clearly had less authority here, and yes, I paid the ticket.

My point, why wasn't law enforcement directing traffic on this multi-lane intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and State Road 50 during this precarious situation? Instead, traffic control was left to a road crew employee whose concern was to complete the last patch to the intersection before the sun set. Thankfully, there was not an accident as I cautiously drove through the red light.

If law enforcement is about safety, then law enforcement should have been there to direct traffic. The red-light program did nothing for this situation.

Cathy Canfield, Brooksville

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