North Point Higgins Road
By Katie Shull
October 06, 2008
In response to Ms. Bailey's letter, I do agree that leash laws
should be obeyed. They are in effect for a reason, which includes
protection of your pets. However, there is another very important
law that wasn t mentioned in the letter Ms. Bailey submitted.
It is called the speed limit. My daughters attend a daycare
on the bend in the road that Ms. Bailey mentioned, between Mattle
Road and Moore Drive. In the three years that my children have
attended this daycare center, I have driven through that bend
nearly each weekday. There are a lot of animals, dogs included
who roam the neighborhood at their leisure and many times, I
have come around this bend and encountered an animal or a child
in the road. I have never hit an animal or a child driving on
North Point Higgins Road. Why is this? Because I follow the
speed laws. If you are driving the posted speed limit of 25
miles per hour on this residential road, you should have ample
time to stop before you hit an animal or child.
And I may be misinformed, but what I understand is that the driver
who hit this dog didn t stop to check on the animal, nor did
he/she even slow down to make sure it wasn t a child who was
hit. He was a large dog, and there s no way a person could have
missed running into him.
Basically, the greater issue here isn t the dogs in the road,
and if that is an issue then the children who regularly play
in the road should be addressed as a problem as well, because
the dog could easily have been a child riding her bike. The
issue here is that people treat North Point Higgins Road as though
it is a motor speedway. They drive incredibly fast with no regard
for the safety of others. Not just private vehicles, but commercial
vehicles, dump trucks. Many drivers who use North Point Higgins
Road share this disregard for the safety of others.
Ms. Bailey, if that dog had been a child, would your letter have
been written to direct parents to keep their kids on their own
property? I think not. I realize you are not at fault here,
and that you are just stating your opinion, but I feel that writing
a letter even suggesting that the problem was the dog being unleashed
is a misrepresentation of the real issue at hand.
It is simple, drivers. If the posted speed limit is 25 mph,
then you drive 25 mph. Let s get it together and begin to act
responsibly before another animal or worse, a person is hit on
North Point Higgins Road. Residents, when you see a person driving
recklessly, call the Troopers and report it. Even if they don
t catch that particular person, they re bound to start paying
closer attention to our area if we keep calling in to report
a problem. Let s work together to solve this problem.
About: " Resident of North
Point Higgins area, mother to two small children, animal lover."
Received October 06, 2008 -
Published October 06, 2008
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