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Letters: Training police to write more tickets

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Nassau

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter swear new police recruits on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Mineola, at the Donald Kane Auditorium at Police Headquarters. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The article "Ticket to ride along" [News, March 12] says that too few tickets were given out by some Nassau police officers, while also stating that Nassau traffic citations were up 43 percent between Jan. 1 and March 2 compared with the year before.

In the article, Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter cited the need for supervisors to train cops who wrote too few tickets. Really? Retrain at what cost and time away from their jobs?

Has it ever been addressed that some motorists may have just internalized a new way of driving? Actually stopping at stop signs, slowing down for yellow traffic signals before they turn red, refraining from speeding, deciding not to answer their cellphones or texts while driving. There are some of us who have decided to take a safer view.

Nassau County's outlook on losing the "controversial school-zone speed cameras" is to increase its revenue another way.

If every Long Islander obeys the laws governing driving and no more tickets are ever served, where will the county get additional revenue to cover its budget? Perhaps municipal governments should take another look at what else can be done to lessen the burden on the public, and let our police keep us safe as they were trained to do.

Stephanie J. Garite, Lake Grove

I have an idea: How about the police making a concerted effort to post themselves by railroad crossings and cite each person who walks around the lowered gates? It's certain to correct their low ticket numbers in just a few hours.

People walk around these crossing gates daily. Not only is it illegal for pedestrians to cross tracks when a train is approaching, but also an 8-car passenger train traveling at 79 mph takes more than a mile to come to a stop!

Not only would this create income but it also might just save a few lives.

Carole Weigel, Glen Head

I sure hope they increase the number of traffic tickets issued. I drive 80 miles a day from Bayport to Freeport and rarely see a police officer, let alone an officer issuing a ticket.

What I do see are reckless drivers, speeders, people blowing red lights and people talking on cellphones or texting. Officers need to get out there and write tickets until their hands cramp up, and maybe we will have safer roads, fewer injuries and fewer deaths.

Paul E. Kerns, Bayport


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