Original post made by Tom Newon, Atherton: West of Alameda, on Aug 22, 2014
I am a big supporter of law enforcement and in light of what has been going on in Ferguson, MO I think law enforcement deserves the support of the community they serve. Whomever it was that made the decision to set up this speed trap not only had bad timing but did not consider the economic effect it could have on the community of Woodside.
When I asked the officer if he would consider giving me a warning instead of a ticket because I have a spotless driving record and that I got the message to slow down and would not do it again he told me that they had a "zero tolerance policy".
This was obviously a direct attempt to raise revenue for the town of Woodside. This is not what I think our local police and elected officials should be doing to its citizens when charged with "protecting and serving" us.
As a result of the town's decision to take money from me, I will no longer give Woodside my consumer dollars. I too have a "zero tolerance policy" when it comes to cheating me. I used to go out of my way to support Woodside restaurants, grocery stores and hardware stores, but no longer. They may get a couple hundred dollars from my ticket, but it's going to cost them a lot more than that in revenue. I would encourage everyone who, like me he cheated on Wednesday to show the town with your wallets that this is not acceptable.