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How do you stop speeders?
By Aftan Zink


January 16, 2008

This is an open letter to anyone who might have an idea about how to change the speed limit on my street. I live on Baranof Avenue - a speedway for most vehicles. I've seen the city bus, police cars, and new and old drivers alike speed past my house. Granted, they are probably driving 25 miles per hour; yet, on a road that is used mainly by pedestrians under the age of 12, this is too fast. Reducing the speed limit to 15 would not make a difference to drivers reaching their destination, it will however, make a difference between life and death.

It is extremely frustrating to hear the cars speeding by AS I am typing this letter. During the summer my 2 and 4 year old play outside; I cringe at the thought of a tragedy in front of my house because a car was traveling too fast. We lost a great family member in October on this road: "Boca," our chocolate lab. Eighteen years ago, I also had to watch my brother be taken to the hospital after being hit by a car. Twenty feet from the same spot my dog was killed.

There are precautions as a parent and pet owner that I need to take. It was no one person's fault but mine that my beautiful puppy was hit. However, I feel compelled to write this letter to ask for advice as to how we can change the road conditions on this street because I'm about to go stand in the road with a reflective vest and a "slow the 'H-E double hockey sticks' down" sign in my hand. I doubt that would go over well.

Aftan Zink
Ketchikan, AK

About: " Baranof "resident" for a total of 15 years."

Received January 16, 2008 - Published January 16, 2008


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