Opinion: Beware anti-driver legislation moving through the General Assembly

Letter to the Editor – Newsflash! In an election year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will foolishly try to enact multiple anti-driving bills soon. If this occurs, vote them out! These bills are supported by lobbyists, special-interest groups, and others inside the revenue stream.

The worst is speed cameras (SB 172.) An Ohio judge called these devices 3-card monte and the Maryland Drivers Alliance has a website section devoted to errors. There are stop-arm cameras(SB 1098), municipal radar(SB 251), parking violation cameras(SB 1223), and others. These bills rely upon poor engineering, predatory ticketing of safe drivers, and devices may produce errors. You have no rights, many bills have multiple unrelated topics, plus they were amended to change them significantly, thus making them possibly not legal.

Be careful whom you trust. On 12-10-17, the Philadelphia Inquirer said that some red-light cameras there had accuracy rates of 3%, and there is an FBI investigation. Various sources reported more crashes after cameras were installed. Search for Radargate Revisited to see radar errors in the state and the response. The Turnpike has also been running vague work zone ads, so deaths could conceivably be something like a janitor slipping on ice in 1960.

Proper engineering like 85th percentile speed limits, longer yellow lights, the zipper merge, and aligning PA school bus laws with other states is never raised.

Immediately contact your state representative, state senator, and the governor to oppose the above and any anti-driving bills. Tickets should also be from real police, and issued at the scene. Election year everyone!

James Sikorski Jr.
PA Advocate National Motorists Association