To the Editor: 

The past few days I have driven from Hyde Park to downtown Chicago on Lake Shore Drive around 7 a.m. I started driving at the speed limit of 45 miles per hour, but I became an obstacle to the flow of the traffic. I was passed by many cars both right and left, until I moved over to the “slow lane” on the right. There, I had cars tailing me. It was an out-of-body experience seeing cars racing by me at 60 to 80-plus m.p.h., zigzagging between lanes. I was holding on to the wheel for my dear life. There were no police in sight.

Obviously, the rule of traffic law was not being enforced, which may give the idea why to obey any law. This reckless behavior permeates our society at every level. If you can get away with it, then it is all right. Moderation (in speed), self-discipline (in driving), following the traffic rules is not in fashion. What I do not understand is why we do not use technology, if enforcement by law enforcement is not willing or available. Speed cameras are available and are used elsewhere. Please setup these devices so the Indy 500 goes back to Indianapolis.

Pablo Denes

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I agree 100% with the Pablo Denes - driving on LSD Lake Shore Drive has become extremely dangerous. I try to drive the 45 MPH speed limit and cars are flying by me, zig zagging changing lanes like I'm stopped..

When I speed up to ~ 53 MPH, the cars are still zooming by like Pablo Denes says:

The Indy 500.

I think this is another area where HP and the University of Chicago can step up when the city is falling down in so many things.

Let's get the University of Chicago police to be authorized to write speeding and reckless driving tickets - HP residents can assist with our own radar cameras and just large signs from 57th to 43rd streets:

"Speed limit 45 MPH! $250 fines for reckless driving. That means you!"

I'm sure the usual idiots who want to abolish the police will scream and do protests and say this will make us a Fascist state. Who cares.

I'd just like to be able to drive and take the # 6 bus downtown in a somewhat safe and civilized manner.

Maybe we can take a tourist bus to actually go to Indianapolis for the Indy 500, no reason to bring it here on LSD.

Anybody else want to help me do a petition drive on this?

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