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Letter: Have respect for the rules of your community

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:15 am

A letter writer recently complained about the traffic courts, and their proceedings and outcomes. He accused an officer of being untruthful, and the court (government) of being greedy.

The underlying matter is: Respect for the laws of the community.

This is not so much about officers lying, or about the government collecting funds. It is about citizens exerting self-restraint, and the public using societal influence to encourage obedience to the laws and rules that we, as citizens, agreed to heed.

Now you may say that the public does not respect the civil authorities because they are corrupt. But I would ask you to consider which respect was lost first: that of the officers toward citizens, or the respect of citizens toward the laws and the “justice” system?

If you are not happy about being fined for speeding (or any other vehicular-related offence), show that you are willing to respect the speed limit rules. You can then be assured that you will not have to pay a fine, no matter how large or small it happens to be.

These laws are, after all, no more than safety guidelines for living within, and enjoying the benefits of, society.

Patrick Shepherd


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