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Letter: Better driving costing county?

A Nassau police car (Jan. 30, 2012)

A Nassau police car (Jan. 30, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Regarding "Ticket-writing slowdown" [News, Sept. 24], the answer that seems to elude Nassau's first deputy police commissioner, Thomas Krumpter, is that there are fewer people working and therefore probably fewer vehicles on the road.

The price of gasoline also keeps people from using their vehicles. Some cars are sitting in driveways with no license plates.

Nassau County does not need another class of police cadets now. What we need is a police department that operates without union interference. Officers should be deployed when and where the department heads say they are needed, not as dictated by a union contract.

Four station houses were closed with the understanding that the patrol officers had most of what they needed to do their jobs in their patrol cars. That being the case, there should be no reason to hire more officers at this time.

Arne Johnson, Levittown

There is something very wrong with government funding that depends on people breaking the law. The complaint that the police are not issuing tickets is a perfect example of this wrongheaded way to fund our government.

Even if the police are not involved in a labor action, we would still experience a financial problem if people became more law-abiding. This practice results in budget shortfalls and is a result of poor planning.

Fines and penalties of any kind should not be included in any budget projection. Fines should be collected and used only for reserves and rainy-day accounts.

Anthony Lapera, West Babylon


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