Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I have lived in Sunnyside for the past 27 years. Lately it has really come to my attention that we, as citizens, really need to speak up more!
I was driving through Sunnyside recently, stopped at the corner of Sixth and Edison, waiting to make a left. The light was green, but I had to wait for oncoming traffic. There were three cars approaching from the north, two by private citizens and the third was a Sunnyside police officer's car.
The first made it through the intersection, but the light turned yellow and the second car stopped for the coming red light. Much to my surprise, the police officer's car did not stop, but turned on "her" emergency lights and cruised through the intersection. I mention "her," as the officer was indeed a woman.
The officer left the lights on until the next intersection and then turned them off, stopping at the next intersection.
Why on earth did this officer have to turn on her lights? Could she not have stopped at the yellow light like the other motorist?
How many other times have any of us Sunnyside residents seen this happen? Is law enforcement above the law or can they just turn on their emergency lights any time they don't want to stop for a signal?
This isn't the first time I have seen this happen.
Come on, Sunnyside's "finest," obey the law like your constituents.
/s/ D.R. Hansen, Sunnyside