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Visible enforcement preferable to ‘safety corridors’

Six years after the idea first came up, it’s still difficult to understand why the state would double the traffic fines on Kellogg and other designated “safety corridors” in Kansas. The bill sought by the Kansas Department of Transportation also would treat such speeders more harshly regarding their driving record in court and on their insurance record. The K-96 loop in Wichita likely would qualify for these more punitive measures along with Kellogg, and be targeted with signs warning about the higher fines. But such uneven punishment seems unfair, and strikes many as motivated by cities looking to pile up more fine revenue (though they argue it is all about safety). The best way to deter speeding and other bad driving on Kellogg or anywhere else is still visible enforcement – seeing lead foots pulled over and held accountable. – Rhonda Holman