In the July 19 issue of The Explorer, Joseph Strangio asks for and receives room to “vent” (his word).  I’d like the same privilege.  He vents about being stopped for the third time “in less than a year” by an Oro Valley motorcycle patrolman.  He refers to the reason for his last stop as the “egregious crime” of driving 41 mph in a 30 mph zone.  He says he was sipping coffee.  He goes on about feeling as though he’s living in a repressive state and tells of his military service and his life as a productive citizen, then accuses Oro Valley of trying to raise money by issuing traffic tickets “left and right” to people who are basically “law abiding citizens”.  

Is his definition of “basically law abiding” obeying the law when you feel like it?  Or when you can take time away from sipping coffee or texting to pay attention to your driving when you’re behind the wheel on a public roadway?  41 mph in a 30 mph zone is speeding, violating the law, and the citation was warranted.  Three stops by the police in less than a year indicate that the driver could have a problem.  I suggest to Mr. Strangio that if he wants to know who is to blame for his getting traffic tickets, he should look in his mirror and ask the person he sees there: “Who is really responsible for this problem I’m having?”   


Richard R. Gallimore,

Oro Valley

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John Flanagan

Everyone, including Mr Gallimore, has probably driven over the speed limit from time to time....especially because others may be also speeding and no cop cars are in sight. Ever watch how everyone slows down when a police cruiser is parked on the side of the road, or when the photo signs come into view? Sometimes you could get away with it, but then one day.......

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