Despite entreaties, the nonenforcement of traffic laws in Salt Lake City continues

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Traffic on 700 East in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 13, 2019.

By Glenn Lamson | The Public Forum

In January 2020 recently elected Salt Lake City councilman Dan Dugan held a meet-and-greet at the Foothill Library. I walked over to meet him and discuss the issues I thought needed attention from the Salt Lake City government. My walk to the library took me through the intersection of 1300 South and 2100 East.

The main issue I wanted to discuss was the city’s nonenforcement of traffic laws; specifically speeding, disregarding red lights, and texting while driving. Anyone who walks in our city is aware of these issues. If you are not, I encourage you to walk along any of our major thoroughfares during the morning or evening commute. A casual observation is that any driver is not speeding is driving slowly because they are nose deep in their cell phone and a yellow light means floor it.

This morning, when I walked through that intersection my eyes waved up at the sight of all the blue ribbons in honor of the young member of our community who was killed there yesterday. I am not placing blame on our elected leaders for this tragic death, but it must be pointed out that they have done nothing to address any of the issues I discussed with Councilman Dugan almost three years ago.

Glenn Lamson, Salt Lake City

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