As someone who drives on the metro area highways frequently, I’m not surprised that a speeding driver lost control and caused the deaths of several people [“Speed blamed in deadly crash,” News, Aug. 23].

There’s no shortage of drivers speeding and driving recklessly. However, there is a shortage of police monitoring the highways to help prevent dangerous driving.

Unfortunately, there are many people who will drive very dangerously unless they believe there’s a good chance they’ll get pulled over by an officer. We need to see many more officers on highway patrol if we’re to get this unsafe behavior under control.

Bruce Hanson, Queens Village

 

Has there been a day in recent memory in which there has been no report of anyone being killed in an automobile?

That brings up a good question: When was the last time anyone saw a television advertisement for a new automobile that was driven responsibly, at a lawful speed, with no daredevil tricks or even a modicum of caution?

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Howard Blankman, Port Washington

 

Tragically, this headline about speeding blamed in a deadly crash could be printed daily in America. Over the years, Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have pressured the automobile manufacturers to make cars with air bags, blind-spot monitors, back-up cameras, forward collision alert, auto braking, lane departure warnings, etc.

However, we inexplicably allow manufactures to sell cars that can achieve a top speed of 160 mph for an average car, and close to 200 mph for a high-performance car.

Can any lawmaker step up to address this issue, or are we destined to continue to read the same headlines tragically too often?

John R. Brooks, West Gilgo Beach