In your feature ("How Bad are Utah Drivers?" July 20) I think you misinterpreted the stats.
To establish "bad" driving you would want to obtain insurance company records of auto damage, injuries and fatalities. Driving 68 in a 60 zone on clear, dry roads or gently rolling a stop sign at 1 a.m. on a completely deserted street doesn’t constitute "bad" driving.
Analyzing the stats on the number of citations and the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Utahns are cited by the police may tell a different story. Does it indicate an overinflated police force or an emerging police state? Is it a philosophy among law enforcement leaders that civil codes are treated like sin and each minor infraction must be dealt with swiftly and harshly?
The stats are telling, but to equate them to "bad" driving is a weak analysis. The stats should prompt a deeper social analysis.
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