Enforcement is the answer

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Thoughts On Issues Relating To Howard County

April 03, 2005

Last week's question asked readers if they believe that something should be done to slow down drivers on U.S. 29, where the 55-mph speed limit is often exceeded.

Stronger enforcement the favored option

I am all in favor of stronger enforcement. Trying to stay within the 55 speed limit is nerve wracking to say the least, even when driving in the right-hand lane. There seems to be a trend overall to ignore speed limits and drive at whatever speed you want. It always makes me wonder when passed by a car traveling well over the limit what sort of example is being given to the young children often present in that car.

Bob Carels

Columbia

All of our statutes should be obeyed

I am one of the ones that irritates people by driving at the speed limit (albeit in the right lane). If a car tries to intimidate me, on my tail, I feel it's time to wash my windshield. They back off (for a moment)!

I believe that all laws should be enforced / obeyed. I grew up in an era when the civil right to vote was accompanied by the civil duty to respect duly enacted laws -- draft laws, tax laws, driving laws, etc. Selective observance of only the laws with which I agreed was not an option.

I also believe that judges who declare, in open court, that they will forgive up to 10 miles an hour over the "limit" should be impeached.

Speeding is not restricted to U.S. 29; it menaces most roads in the country, state, country.

As I travel down the right lane at the speed limit, ready to accept the consequences of not having allowed enough time for my trip, I feel that the anxious drivers behind me should vent their frustration on the guys who installed the speed "limit" signs, not on me.

Charles S. Jennings

Clarksville

Aggressive driving a problem on U.S. 29

U.S. 29 has become unsafe and unpleasant. Many drivers go too fast and are far too aggressive during rush hour. Could the county not police it the way Route 100 in Howard County is policed? Make it routine that motorists traveling on U.S. 29 will encounter frequent police monitoring at random spots at the times where problems happen. Cameras would also help; advertise their use and threaten to prosecute aggressive driving.

Salvador H. Talisa

Ellicott City

At non-rush hour, raise the limit to 65

During morning and evening commuting hours, U.S. 29 is so congested with traffic it is impossible to even approach the speed limit of 55 mph. At off hours, the speed limit should be set consistent with the 65-mph limit for similar roads. A reduction in the speed limit will increase tailgating and accidents occurring from frustrated drivers.

Gayle Dolecek

Columbia

High-speed merges, lane shifts perilous

The heavy high-speed traffic on northbound U.S. 29 is made more dangerous by equally high-speed traffic entering from Routes 175, 108, 100 and 103. This is compounded by the existing 29 traffic switching lanes to exit 29 to these same roads.

But a more dangerous situation occurs when residents whose only outlet is directly into 29 (Old Columbia Road -- Gales Lane) attempt to find a small space in the 65-70-mph commuter stream and then quickly try to accelerate into a 29 lane from short, outdated acceleration lanes.

Frank Collins

Columbia

We want your opinions

ISSUE: Since it bought the Rouse Co. in November, General Growth Properties Inc. has kept a low profile about its plans for Columbia. Now, it reportedly will hold a community public meeting in May. Do you feel General Growth Properties has been too secretive about its intentions, or do you trust GGP to do what is best for the community?

YOUR VIEW: Tell us what you think. Please send e-mail responses by Thursday to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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