Traffic rules not enforced


Re the Feb. 12 article A cross-up: Signs confuse drivers: Drivers in South Beach ignore pedestrians all the time, and pedestrians ignore drivers, as well. It’s one example of the anarchy we locals live with every day. Bicycles and pedestrians frequently cross against the lights without even looking to see if there is traffic. Drivers are quick to honk if a pedestrian inconveniences them, even when the pedestrian has the right of way. And, the enforcement described in the article is a joke.

My experience in South Beach is that police officers don’t care what pedestrians or drivers do, as long as the officers aren’t inconvenienced. Spending a day observing traffic movement on Collins or Washington avenues between Fifth and 15th streets will show that the real problem is a fundamental lack of interest on the part of police officers in enforcing traffic laws.

Kevin T. Cottingim, Miami Beach

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