Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.
I wrote a few months back about the epidemic of bad driving in our area and discovered that people aren't just annoyed with the problem, they're outraged. I think there has been enough printed in this newspaper that has conveyed that general mood, and I think also that the local police have responded with greater efforts to control it.
One sentence in the piece that got a good deal of response had to do with policemen who engender, especially among teen drivers, a certain contempt for the law for routinely violating what they're asking the rest of us to obey. Rolling through stop signs, exceeding speed limits, failing to signal, etc. — violations that have motorists paying hundreds of dollars in fines.