Traffic Enforcement

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Although this week’s edition of The Londoner quotes Sgt. Tom O’Brien (London Police Services, Traffic Management) as saying that London is a zero-tolerance zone when it comes to red-light runners, it also correctly notes: “The question, though, is whether you’ll get caught.”

In “Is running a red light worth $180 to you?” reporter Ben Benedict attributes a surprising admission to Sgt. O’Brien (and other unnamed police officials) that “the ranks are stretched thin when it comes to traffic law enforcement.”

According to the article, there are only 16 officers officers assigned to the traffic unit for the entire city. When you consider that there are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and that some of those few officers can necessarily be tied up in Court and doing paperwork for a significant amount of time, is it any wonder that there’s an enforcement problem in London? That’s there’s been a marked increase in the number of serious incidents involving vehicles and cyclists/pedestrians?

Just one more thing that I’ve been saying and warning about for years.

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