Monday, August 17, 2009

The Placebo Option

A police patrol car is now on apparently permanent duty in the vicinity of our accident-prone T-bone entrance to the BQE (top picture). What can this accomplish ? I have not noticed any lessening of accidents at this spot. Moreover, the flagrant violation of the stop sign, to which I have called attention before, is unabated. The picture below, showing a vehicle ignoring the sign, is shown in the picture below. This particular vehicle behaves like essentially all the others. IMHO, the patrol car duty accomplishes less than the proverbial aspirin for serious disease -- it is no more than a placebo.