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Letter: Senator’s vendetta was unprofessional

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 1:04 pm

In the May 5 edition, you reported on the passage of a bill that changed the designation of an intersection, which in turn changed the law on running a yellow/red light, changing the violation standard.

I happened to be at the hearing the day the senator was attempting to move it forward out of committee. An experienced, 20-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department was there to provide information on the effects of this change, besides the costs involved. He did so respectfully, with facts, and with what the PPD believed to be the negative impact the change would have on safety in that mad moment that many drivers try to “beat” the light.

The most fair assessment that I can give to this senator’s reaction to the officers statements was that Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, reminded me of my grandson when we take away a sucker that he really thinks he should have. He was childish in the hearing room, followed the officer into the hallway, belittled him, and swore at him. Is this the action that an elected representative should take? Maybe it has something to do with the fact he had two camera tickets — one for speeding that he chose to ignore — drove with a suspended license, and then got caught again, this time driving thru a red light intersection! Not yellow, not changing, RED!

How much time did this senator spend on this? How much, if any, did he spend on any bills that would actually help the people of Arizona? I would like to know if he actually did anything worthwhile, besides pursuing personal vendettas.

David Trotter


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