2011.09.28 Jason Ferguson: Speed limit should be lowered

Written by David Green.

As a resident and business owner on W. Main Street, and as a concerned member of our community, I urge you council members to make a common sense decision regarding the state’s recommendation of speed changes in our town.

Increasing the speed limit, be it a measly five miles an hour, is the opposite of what we should be considering. In fact, a five-mile-an-hour change isn’t worth the expense or the public anger should it be ratified.

Since the incorporation of Fayette’s Dollar General Store, I have voiced my concern regarding the need to lower the speed limit on W. Main Street, negating the 50 MPH zone and extending the 35 MPH to the village’s western limit. This is warranted due to safety concern as a result of increased local traffic and a surplus of turns onto and off of the highway. Has any further push for this been made? Here is where the change needs to be made. A similar increased traffic-pattern is occurring in the southern limits of town, as well, in accordance with the new school location. Ironically, and for reasons that I do not know, these are the two locations that the state is recommending faster traveling speeds.

Let’s not forget the real issue at stake—the safety and well-being of our fellow citizens and children. Fayette is situated among several heavily-traveled interstate arteries, which serve as prime transportation routes for trucks. An increase in speed certainly heightens the risk of accidents.

From a commerce point of view, why would we want to push people (potential customers) faster through our town? We might as well rip out the stoplight while we’re at it, followed by the Incorporation Limits signs. That is, if you want the state to be in control.

Please preserve our municipal regulations already put in place, and consider lowering these where room for increased safety allows. ODOT has motives beyond our level of welfare in mind. You are elected to make decisions based on your consideration of our welfare.

– Jason Ferguson
W. Main St., Fayette

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