Trudi’s Corner: Red Light Reflections

By Trudi Cunningham

By now, anyone who drives definitely knows about the controversy and the red light camera situation and what happens if you may be involved. It’s a no-win story. Thinking back more than a year ago, I don’t seem to remember much mention of the expected program that was implemented in 2011. I can definitely tell you, that I would never deliberately flaunt and endanger my driving privilege in any way. I enjoy driving and when one considers the bus service we had years ago and the lack of it in comparison to today, I would not risk being unable to drive.

I will tell you, that I do save many things, whether it be personal, business or “whatever may come down the pike,” as a saying goes. At this point I can tell you that I received a “courtesy warning notice” about running a red light last year, showing the date, time and location of the violation. Believe me when I say I was not aware of it, but a photograph seemed to prove the infraction. I was making a right turn and thought I was O.K. “Pretty sneaky, to say the least.”

I must also relate that my son was tagged on Route 1 in Linden, more than a year ago, and I can say that he is not a reckless driver. He was fined to the tune of more than $140. I’m sorry he did not go to court with it, because it seemed totally “out of whack.”

Oh well, so much for everybody trying to get in the act, and making those extra bucks, that seems to be the consensus of many. “Hooray” for the person who “started the ball rolling” in a positive direction for the benefit of decent drivers. Now how about the cell-phone people who refuse to follow the law, that I keep seeing when driving?

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