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Your Views: Law enforcement needs to work harder to avoid traffic jams

POSTED: March 8, 2014 1:00 a.m.

I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.

Traffic was backed up for miles in the southbound lane, and also the north lane, while a tow truck was called to remove the car.

Question: Why didn’t the trooper simply push the car off the bridge and let traffic flow? I see this all the time. Law enforcement doesn’t seem to care about how long traffic is backed up while they are working a minor accident or stall.

Also, every time I see a minor noninjury accident, I see one or more fire trucks and several city or county cars. Why send a fire truck to a minor traffic accident? Couldn’t be just to log a call to show how many runs they make to justify their large budgets, could it?

Some local governments are now experimenting with dual use of fire and police personnel, training each department to enforce the laws and also to fight fires. Makes sense to me. How about you?

Gene Cobb
Gainesville


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