[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Enforce the law, get rich

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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Enforce the law, get rich

Like virtually any other foreigner living in Seoul, and I’m sure like all fellow Korean pedestrians, I also share the dismay Ryan Nowack describes over red light runners (Joong Ang Daily, June 23).
It’s obvious these immensely inconsiderate lawbreakers have little concern for human life. However, there is something that can be done about it. In fact, it’s rather easy, and yes, it’s very productive. The city just needs to install automated cameras at its busiest intersections and then enforce the law.
Under the present law, that means violators pay 60,000 won ($52) per incident and earn 15 well-deserved points.
At the 30-point mark, they may find themselves attending remedial training where there’s undoubtedly plenty of time to reflect on the dangers of threatening the lives and limbs of real human beings.
And if these drivers should be so stubborn as to accumulate 200 points in a year, then they have the opportunity to join the pedestrian ranks, without the privilege of a driving license.
Consider how profitable even a few automated cameras could be for Seoul. Near Yongsan Garrison, there are at least four main intersections that have huge potential as money makers.

by Tom Tudor
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