Maybe, just maybe, the judge when sentencing John Goodman could be more lenient if he knew Mr. Goodman asks forgiveness. One major offer would have Mr. Goodman donating about $5 million to $10 million for the funds that could create a world-class speed suppressant traffic-control system for Wellington and surrounding areas.
There definitely seems to be a culture of speeding among all drivers, particularly the younger, less-experienced, as noted by the many deaths in that age group. What is ironic is that it takes less than one minute more to travel on Forest Hill Blvd. from State Road 7 to Southern Blvd. if traveling at 35 miles per hour, instead of 50 miles per hour, seconds more if speeding at 55 mph. The same is true from and to any point in Wellington. Be realistic: What is a life or serious accident worth compared to a minute or so in extra driving time?
There are companies that specialize in traffic controls. The police claim they are so overburdened to have to stop speeders unless they are going from 13 to 15 mph over the speed limit. Well, let’s further unburden them, which could be accomplished with speed control cameras along the roads that will automatically ticket speeders. Of course, there will be protest from those who speed; you know the ones I mean, those whose jobs are so critically important that a minute is a lifetime. Or maybe the protests will come from those rushing to get back to their jobs after staying a little too long downing one more drink for the road. The traffic-control system should have architectural-designed speed reminders.
Last of all, please acknowledge Mr. Goodman’s gift to the area by signage “Please do not do what I did.” I honestly do not believe, and I’m sure many feel as I do, that Mr. Goodman set out to hurt anyone, but mistakes were made on his part. This will live with him forever and all those involved, but as Forrest Gump said, “It happens.” While I understand a judge probably is not allowed to make a deal like I suggest, he, I’m sure, will recognize that Mr. Goodman’s contribution could and more than likely will prevent many more deaths and serious accidents. The same adage today has been recognized forever with driving still holds: speed kills.
Lee LeAndro, Wellington