Better enforcement would improve I-95

Before Connecticut spends more billions on infrastructure expansion to reduce the dangers of I-95, it might do well to think about this observation in the article, “More space, fewer drivers is I-95 plan,” (Sept. 3): 

“The top five accident causes identified by the database reflect driving behavior more than infrastructure…”

If that’s the case, why do I seldom see a State Police car on the highway or a State Police helicopter flying above it? More money and thought spent on enforcement of traffic laws could reduce accidents significantly and save on exorbitant highway expansion. As long as it’s a Wild West and permissive driving environment out there, you’re going to have high accident rates. 

What’s being done to improve enforcement, Gov. Malloy? You don’t need to catch every scofflaw and careless driver to instill respect for the law. If you fine those you can catch using vigorous enforcement, you raise the perceived risk of apprehension for all drivers, making everyone safer. It can’t be done in public relations-style spurts. Enforcement has to be consistent and continuous. A built-in part of highway operation. It starts by getting more police cars on the road. 

Jim Furlong


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