Don’t Do Away With Inspections

Jan. 3, 2020

Editor, The News-Gazette:

I would like to congratulate you on the conscientious and common sense editorial of the Dec. 31, 2019, edition.

The announcement that one of the proposals to be brought up in the General Assembly this month is to do away with the annual inspection of all licensed vehicles.

Someone who has the ear of our governor did not perform their due diligence on this idea!

How many times do you see a defective headlight or rear light, especially at night, when it makes it harder to ascertain what is either coming towards you or is in front of you?

A former deputy commissioner for Highway Safety has even weighed in on the matter stating that today’s technologically adept vehicles won’t require inspection.

Sorry, my 1-year-old SUV has more technology than I understand or will ever use and it cannot tell me when my brakes need replacing or whether a fan belt is getting ready to break and it certainly won’t tell me when my muffler has a hole in it.

All one has to do is drive into any major metropolitan area or travel some of our more rural roads right here at home to find a myriad of older vehicles and trucks that are in need of tires, new windshields, etc.

I would urge all concerned citizens to contact Sen. Creigh Deeds and Del. Ronnie Campbell and let them know some wise and prudent judgment should be used with regards to not doing away with the annual state inspection.

THOMAS D. GOODWIN JR.

Lexington