YOU WHO are drivers should know that the road ahead is paved with speed traps, both for the holiday weekend and for the back-to- school days. Every jurisdiction in the region as well as the state highways up and down the coast reportedly are peppered with police. There are even

authorities in the skies who

look down on speeding and

make their sentiments known

in forceful ways. Some of these

agents of the law are camouflaged, and some are a visible

presence. Police are using both approaches, relying on hidden radar guns as well as on "rolling roadblocks" of cruisers riding abreast to keep the traffic flows at legal speeds.

As our letters columns periodically indicate, people often get unhappy about speed-enforcement practices no matter how the authorities choose to operate or how indisputably guilty the offenders may be. Some motorists insist that the roadblocks are a safety hazard; others say that hidden radar guns or unmarked cars are somehow "not fair." But how many motorists driving under the speed limit have plowed into a rolling roadblock of police cars? And how many motorists driving under the speed limit have caused a hidden radar gun to clock an illegal speed?

We have a hunch that most states and localities aren't about to post signs announcing precisely how many tenths of a mile it is to the next police monitor. (A good CB radio can do this in many instances anyway, and it does slow the flow to a safer pace, at least for a spell.)

Enough. The message this weekend, and every other day of the year, doesn't change -- and life's too short to argue about it.