Comfort levels are important for people. We buy food at grocery stores and products at retail stores where we feel comfortable.
Twin City stores will no longer get my business and it is not because I do not feel comfortable in the stores. After being stopped, for the third time, over the years, by Bloomington-Normal officers, for the most picky, non-safety-related offenses, the city of Peoria will get my business and taxes.
I have lived, worked and shopped in the Peoria area for over 30 years and have never been pulled over for a traffic offense. In the Twin City area, I have been stopped for an expired sticker - that should have been a warning - going 5 miles over a 30-mile speed limit when just a couple of blocks away, the speed limit increases and for driving too slow on a prom night.
I have a disturbing theory about the philosophy of Twin City cops. I believe that they prefer to stop and ticket people in the safe areas for extra revenue rather than try to prevent real crime, which has headlined the news for about 15 years now.
If residents refute this theory, I will keep an open mind and perhaps bring my dollars back to Bloomington and Normal. But, I can guarantee that I will be driving in an area that I, and other safe drivers, feel comfortable in.
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