I am shocked and dismayed by Councilman John Drayman’s reaction to a recent pedestrian safety operation conducted by the Glendale Police Traffic Bureau (“Sting like a bunny,” April 1).
According to the article in the Glendale News-Press, the operation infuriated Councilman John Drayman, who called the operation a “stupid traffic stunt” that was “breathtakingly dangerous.” Drayman also said city resources would have been more appropriately used to clamp down on speeding motorists — an issue that prompts daily complaints from the public.
Apparently, Drayman has discarded the statistical reports, news articles and factual accounts of injuries and deaths to pedestrians in Glendale.
While speeding is a problem in Glendale, the majority of fatalities in Glendale in the past 20 years have been pedestrians — such a significant problem that now-retired Glendale Police Sgt. Lewie Guay created the Ped-Decoy program, which the California Office of Traffic Safety and the Wall Street Journal took positive note of. The program has now been adopted worldwide by a number of law enforcement agencies and contributes to a reduction in fatal accidents.