Cameras a cure for road insanity

All of the April 12 Letters to the Editor were exceptional. I agree 100 percent with every one; especially about the Marysville Pilchuck High School; John Koster; and one written by Nancy Rice about traffic cameras in Lynnwood.

Almost daily we read about people getting run over by cars; many of them hit and run. It is total insanity out there on the roads.

Traffic cameras are needed. Last Saturday, April 16, I went into the empire of Marysville, to an auto parts store. A big truck, on State Street, was passing cars at 40 mph, on a 30 mph city street. At 80th and State he went right through a red light, not even slowing down. On the side of the truck it says, Food Service of America. I thought truck drivers had special training on how to drive properly.

On March 1, 2016, I took the local bus into town to pick up my car at a repair shop. I got off at 88th and State. I waited to cross 88th. I looked both ways, the light was red, the signal said walk, so I started out. Right then a car (from the west on 88th) came right up to the intersection; went right on through the red light and took a right turn right in front of me! I was able to jump out of the way in time. State and 88th is a convenient intersection to get run over — it is where our cemetery is located!

A similar incident happened at 100th and Shoultes Road. A driver went right through a stop sign and a red light (a half block from each other.)

Traffic cameras, I believe, serve a very useful and needed purpose. People say it is all about money. I don’t care. The money the cameras could bring would help maintain our roads, help fund schools, and maybe even help with my property tax and storm water tax!

Let’s do it!

John C. Campbell


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