Letter: Spend cash on cameras to defeat tailgaters

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I challenge Oak Bay police advice about dealing with tailgaters. (Oak Bay officer issues speed challenge on social media, oakbaynews.com)

Some of them will roar past you, through the playground zone or crosswalk area – that increases risk to people on foot.

If you stop for a child running into the street, you’ll be rear-ended, possibly with injury to yourself, likely fighting a legal battle with the liar.

Best is to pull off out of the lane, but that is not always possible. Some police recommend turning your hazard flashers on, but that does not always slow scum down.

I suggest buying two carcams that have front and rear coverage, installing one pair crosswise so you record the face of offending drivers. But that’s most of $1,000. For adequate quality and resolution. Certainly a deterrent, and conviction enabler in court – in the UK, 40 per cent of accidents are disputed but only four per cent when a carcam was onboard the victim’s vehicle.

Otherwise, and regardless, I urge voters to find and help elect candidates for office who will protect individuals by increasing policing. The moral purpose of government – and the reason for acceptance in history, is protecting honest people. Deliberately dangerous drivers are not honest, and will only reform if police are repeatedly in their face, licenses are yanked more quickly, and chronic offenders jailed.

Keith Sketchley


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