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25 MPH speed limit neighborhoods
By Michael Moyer


May 04, 2009

I will have to agree with Jennifer Tavares that there is no intelligent reason why the neighborhood streets of Ketchikan should have speed limits as high as 25 mph. I live on upper Water Street and I have witnessed near fatal accidents with pedestrians there including a child who was simply stepping out of his street side home directly into the path of an on-coming car.

I was told that the reason the limit was 25 was because road money was received from the State for maintenance, so the limit had to be 25. If that is so then I would hold the State responsible for the loss of life, for the cost of medical care, or life time care, should an accident occur. If we have to abide by that criteria then we should have them agree to our stipulation that they will be held accountable for their disregard for our communities special "Un-Anchorage-like" road conditions. If they are made aware of the conditions and unsafe consequences of a 25 mph limit on our streets I am sure we can reach an agreement to lower the speed limits to a safe level and still receive our road money.

Let's see if any action is taken to go this route or whether a silly plan to change traffic flows or parking zones is implemented in an attempt to appease us, confuse us, and postpone the right decision to lower the limits to a safe speed.

Michael Moyer
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 01, 2008 - Published May 04, 2009


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