Hey police, want to do something to help alleviate the metro area’s gridlock? Cite people who pull into the intersection when it is obvious that they are going to block it.
I witnessed with my own eyes this morning a DeKalb County Police officer who simply could not be bothered to get out of her car to cite the fools who were blatantly pulling into the intersection on Ponce de Leon (outside APD jurisdiction) though traffic was clearly at a standstill, thus blocking any north-south traffic. This cop sat there in plain view, watching and doing nothing as one brain-dead individual after another stacked up in the intersection. She wasn’t directing traffic. She wasn’t on her way up ahead where an accident had apparently happened. She didn’t have her blue lights on.
My thoughts, as a DeKalb County taxpayer, are that if she can’t be bothered to cite for something that gets in the way of my right to freedom of travel and commerce, then I can’t be bothered to pay her. DeKalb should dock her pay.
Nothing could send a clearer message to drivers than seeing intersection-blockers getting ticketed. That cop was going nowhere. It wouldn’t have eaten into her time to get out and walk over to the imbeciles and cite them. Maybe she was concerned that the humidity would play havoc with her hair.
Here’s a clue to drivers who aren’t quite sure whether or not they should pull forward: If the back bumper of the car ahead of you is still in the intersection, that’s a pretty good sign that you shouldn’t enter the intersection. If municipalities would hang a fine on this equal to the average car payment, post signs to that effect at every moderately busy intersection, and cops would ferociously cite for it, we could cut down on a lot of Atlanta’s gridlock.