Life teaches that it is easier and better to prevent problems than to fix them. This comes to mind after reading two recent letters on this page about the serious lack of law enforcement on major highways, including U.S. 278 and S.C. 170, and the terrorizing of a woman by a crazed driver with a gun.
Then most recently, the newspaper had an article about the Beaufort County Sheriff Office's capability to quickly dispatch police to accidents by using cameras.
That's nice, but it's after the often-preventable damage is done. It serves only to process the crime, not to prevent it. We should measure the effectiveness of our sheriff by what is being accomplished, not by his tools.
Too many times I have watched drivers treat the roads as if they were their property, bullying people to get out of their way by tailgating, then weaving in and out of traffic to move at the speed they want instead of what the traffic allows. It's like their afternoon road game for thrills, now ingrained as a habit, allowed by a lack of law enforcement. And many times they are talking on a cellphone that is propped on their shoulders.
Consistent enforcement of the law is the key. Punish the offenders. To do otherwise is to condone the selfish, dangerous behavior we see every day, especially in the afternoons when people are seldom detained.