Southern hospitality my ass
My son also received a jaywalking ticket while visiting Savannah.We were touring the area because he had an interest in attending SCAD.
When the officer handed my son the ticket, he told him, "Oh don't worry, it's no big deal". Well once he got back to the hotel room and we did some online research....the joke was on us! $200, are you kidding me?????
This definitely left a bad impression of the area on both of us. I must have told this story to fifty people so far, no one believes it. After all why would a city that relies on money from tourists do something so ridiculous? Then I share the news articles.
Guess Savannah doesn't need the money the tourists bring in, otherwise we would have been made to feel welcome. I know that for the rest of our trip I spent no money on souvenirs!
Visit New Hampshire sometime, us Northerners know how to treat a guest!
Focus on the drivers
Some progress on ticketing jaywalking, but not enough. At least the council and mayor are now aware of it and have directed the city manager and police chief to do something. Let's hope this time the focus is where it needs to be: on the driver.
As a dedicated pedestrian with 65 yrs experience, it is my observation that it's the speeding and distracted drivers that are the real hazards. For some reason, no one seems to mention this. Are we so immunized to speeding? Even the local TV stations advertise the radar hot spots on a daily basis.
Until we get really serious about the speeding, nothing will change. Just how many tickets have been issued in the downtown area for speeding? I haven't seen any being issued.
Besides, the posted legal speeds are too high but lots of folks just go faster, chatting on a cell phone or texting away, smoking, eating, watching a dvd, petting the pooch, all in an environment that is full of tourists and students who are not familiar with the maze of one way & two way streets..it's ridiculously dangerous!!
My suggestion is to establish and widely post a uniform speed in the downtown area of 15 mph and enforce it. And while you are at it, at least get all the pedestrian walk lights to turn on automatically because if you reach the intersection with a manual button after the light has changed you are forced to stand through another series of light changes, not pedestrian-friendly.
Jaywalkers need controlling
Regarding your recent column "Jaywalking into oblivion":
Jim, I’m not taking a side either way on the jaywalking issue, but I just hope that journalists, commentators and the general public will perhaps stop and think about the idea that the officers issuing tickets to pedestrians are simply attempting (even if it’s short-lived) to apply some sense of order to how pedestrians use our streets and walkways. In the downtown area, we have stop lights, stop signs, crosswalks, etc. for a reason and one of those reasons is so that drivers as well as pedestrians can anticipate the others’ moves.
I have lived in 4 decent-sized cities and all have enforced jaywalking laws which benefit everybody, just as if a driver should get ticketed if they go through a red light or whatever the case may be. If we allow pedestrians to simply dart out anyplace, drivers have to react suddenly which can also cause terrible accidents.
With a heavy concentration of pedestrians downtown because of tourism and SCAD students, we especially need to be able to anticipate who is supposed to have the right-of-way so we are all watching for specific foot or car traffic. You can’t just have an unenforced free-for-all.
I have been nearly rear-ended a few times because I slammed on my brakes while driving and the car behind me was caught off guard as well. Pedestrians and drivers need to work together in populated areas so everyone can remain as safe as possible, and both must follow some basic “rules of the road”.
I honestly don’t believe any one group is out to get the other group, or one group trying to prove a point. The motives aren’t that evil as you led your readers to believe in your article. Just my personal thoughts. Have a good day.
What is chief's role in jaywalking controversy?
Correct me if I'm wrong here... But isn't this whole thing led by our lovely police chief from Rochester, N.Y. by way of L.A.?
As a Southerner who lived in Rochester for over 6 years and worked next door to his precinct, I can tell you this is how matters of "public safety" were handled. It's like the police see themselves as a separate entity. And if blame looks like its coming down the line, than they will show us just "safety minded" they can be.
And while we are at it: Is this not the same man who is authorizing hundreds of hours of flight time in the police/mosquito control helicopter (Hughes 500e). As someone with an aviation background, the 500e helicopter has an operating cost of about $500 an hour.
I can't speak for everybody, but it does not give me a good feeling having this thing circling overhead shining its bright light into yards and windows by a group of people who have the judgment to give a $200 citation for jaywalking.
Krispy Kreme? Really?
Regarding a recent Savannah Foodie column by Tim Rutherford:
Best Bites?? Krispy Kreme!!
I know this is " The South", but pleeease - cant't we promote foods that enhance and maintain the one and only thing that makes a "quality" life worth living - one's health.
Have you noticed that most billion/kazillion dollar industries tend to promote things/stuff/junk that is not good for one's health? There are dozens of TV commercials about the latest medication one is supposed to run out and demand one's doctor prescribe to alleviate all the things that ail us, so many ways to prolong one's life until 100 years of age (more often than not by taking 35 pills per day and being bed-ridden).
What we eat, what we drink, ingest, digest, leaves its imprint in our blood, in our arteries, in our organs and does have an effect on our health. I certainly do patronize (in a good way) and promote local eateries in this most lovely of cities, but I prefer to give my hard-earned dollars to businesses that "care" about people's well-being, give a darn about their actual physical bodies that ingest the foods that are supposed to actually "nourish" (rather than fill the void) and enhance one's health.
Let's take it up a notch, in our awareness, in our choices - what have we got to lose besides a few pounds, a better cholesterol count, cleaner arteries, flexibility in our joints, an open mind, and a sense of well-being!