Officer Could Use Some Tact

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Editor:

It was with interest that I read two letters to the editor from folks complaining about receiving speeding tickets ... and apparently in one case for only being a couple of miles over the posted speed limit.

It caught my attention because I also received a speeding ticket recently. I have no way of knowing if it is the same officer. This was my first moving violation since I began driving decades ago; so, it was a new experience for me, and I have no previous history like it.

My general position is, if you do the crime -- then you pay the fine. The officer stated I had exceeded the speed limit coming down Airport Road. I know how easily that can occur, because even after putting the gear in second, one still has to ride the brakes all the way down. So I accepted his statement as true.

But I don't think that's why folks are complaining. It was what he said after issuing the ticket -- or, perhaps more correctly, the way he said it, that left me with a feeling that I was being scammed somehow. It was about how he informed me that my insurance rates were going to go up and that unless I agreed to go to a driving class that costs more than $100 this bad mark would stay on my record. After decades of driving with nary an accident and no moving violations, why would I pay more than $100 to learn how to be a good driver, probably taught by someone whose driving record is not as good as mine? Well -- of course the reason is obvious -- to get the record cleared. Perhaps there needs to be a public relations course given for free to teach officials how to address the public. It was the way he presented it that left me feeling like I had been taken advantage of.

In Payson -- by an officer of the law -- who would have thought it?

Pat Rollins, Payson

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