Reader questions safety

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

It’s easy to preach the importance of safety. It’s a little more difficult to practice it.

A few months ago I?noticed a car parked on the side of Hwy. 70 near Sorrento. This car was on the shoulder of the highway for weeks! No sign or notice of any sort was ever visible on the vehicle. One day it magically disappeared.

How safe is it to have a car parked on the side of a highway for the better part of a month? People speed by it, often over the posted 55 miles per hour limit.

How many law enforcement officers passed this vehicle in that time??Someone must be responsible for this.

Earlier this week I?noticed another car on the shoulder of the same highway, just farther down. Who knows how long it will take for this vehicle to be moved.

Aside from the safety issue, this is an eyesore. What message does this send? It gives the appearance that nobody cares.

Just look at all of the abandoned vehicles on private property. Some are covered in grass. Don’t we have laws?

A friend of mine recently had the misfortune of a flat tire while driving in the area. A woman in her 30’s, she was alone at the time and really needed some help. She told me at least four patrol cars passed her. Nobody came to her aid. How sad.

We wonder why everyone makes fun of Louisiana. I recently watched two different national television programs where a commentator referred to Louisiana stereotypes as facts. One referred to the culture of political corruption, while the other compared the people here to backwater caricatures.

Now I?see people are posting on a DWI?Checkpoint page on Facebook. They are using it to warn others of checkpoints so they can be avoided. Thousands of users “like”?the page, which allows them to get updates on specific checkpoints.

According to a report from a New Orleans television station, the police superintendent said helping drunk drivers avoid checkpoints puts the public at risk.

Here is a case of the public shunning safety efforts. What a shame.

How are we ever going to change these perceptions? Surely not with more of the same “good ole boy” attitudes.

Simple things like removing disabled cars from the sides of our roads and yards could be the spark to achieving greater goals.

Adam Simpson