Dear Councilmember Nadeau,
Did you vote for this measure? And if yes, why?
Here is part of a comment I wrote this morning.
Insanity is rampant! We are witnessing anarchy on the streets and enforcement tools are thrown out the window. Personally, I have been able to avoid accidents because of vigilance and luck when other drivers cut me off at intersections, ran red lights, and behaved grossly irresponsible...... until one morning last year, when we were broadsided by a large pick-up truck who ran a stop sign.….. On the other hand, the ATV and dirt bike menace in the city is out of control. There have been crack-downs recently, but just yesterday while waiting at a red light (on 14th St. and T, in early evening), I watched an ATV driver forcing his way through the oncoming cross-traffic "rearing" his vehicle at the same time. He did this in a manner as if it was his birthright to run a red light (and endanger the other drivers at the same time).
Werner M. Graf
1013 S St., NW
Dear Councilmember Nadeau,
Thank you for your response, but I cannot make head or tail of it. Also, I have not heard your “remarks on the dais”, so I cannot comment, and -as far as I am concerned- they do not exist since you made no details or concepts available in your e-mail. Frankly, your “description” of the “plans” is just a collection of platitudes and banalities that anybody could say. So, “where’s the beef”?
Furthermore, you say that “we haven’t yet made the moves to actually tackle” the problems. But you let offenders off all the same without a clear replacement law that should have been in place once you decided on the non-enforcement. So, to an analytical person, as myself (a scientist), this sounds like complete madness and incompetence (sorry for the diction). As one respondent from the neighborhood commented, you are engaging in “fact-free decision making”.
Maybe politicians have a different value system (we have seen many examples recently), but if they work against common sense and reason, it will be their undoing (and yours, too).
Werner M. Graf (MD, PhD)
1013 S Street NW
Thanks for your message. Clean Hands, at the end of the day, was not meant as a traffic enforcement measure, and the amendment would not address the most egregious offenders who pay off tickets. As I said in my remarks on the dais, the Council has at various times committed to a comprehensive revision of traffic safety enforcement to combine reforms that would improve safety and efficacy while reducing inequities. This is a big undertaking, but we haven’t yet made the moves to actually tackle it. I’m glad the debate over the clean hands bill forced that conversation into the open. Over the summer I’m going to be working with other members on drafting legislation to get us towards those goals, and will hopefully be able to commission research into more effective enforcement for the most dangerous drivers.
I am curious to see the results!
Thank you, W.
Hi Werner – sorry, I’ll try again! Essentially, the clean hands law isn’t going to stop people from driving recklessly, but there are a lot of things we can and should do to stop them. So now are working on those over the summer and hope to have some legislation that everyone can rally around.
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I have been moaning about these two items for years!
<<<We need separate outdoor cans for dog poop. Current cans are a mess and are NOT being cleaned properly. Chicago cleans its sidewalk trash cans properly.
Finally, why is our alley dirty AFTER the trash and recycle trucks pick up on Tuesdays? When they drop trash and garbage the DO NOT pick it up. When a trash bag breaks open in the alley, they just leave the mess that they made for us to clean up. This is not acceptable.>>>>
It is still the same! Needless to say.
I my opinion, some of these rules are just foolish. If rules are “flexible” there is no way to know what is going to happen next. Traffic rules are there so everybody is on the same page. And in addition, I think it is life-threatening for cyclists, etc. to challenge a car or a truck, just because he/she may interpret the right-of-way in a certain manner. And if an accident occurs: the car driver is always the stupid one, because he/she will face the brunt of the accusations.
And after all: why is there a need for different traffic rules for cyclists and motor cars? I have barely avoided cyclists who tried to zip past me on the right while I was making a right turn. Is such behavior necessary? I was looking out for them, but they could care less and forced their way through, forcing me to break in the middle of the turn.
And what’s the purpose of such rule changes? To curry favor with a certain segment of the electorate!
Werner M. Graf