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Friday, February 20, 2009

Why we love the NCDOT

The city is limited in what calming measures it can install on Roxboro and Mangum streets because they are part of U.S. 15-501 Business and are a designated truck route.

Loziuk has asked the state Department of Transportation about lowering the speed limit on Roxboro and Mangum, but "They're just flat out saying they wouldn't even consider it," he said.

Here's a thought. Have Durham PD conduct a zero tolerance program on Roxboro, Trinity, and Mangum for a month. Everyone exceeding the speed limit gets a ticket. Every out of date registration gets a ticket. Every lane change without a signal gets a ticket. Every failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk gets a ticket.

Betcha that NCDOT will come to the table and work with the city on some sane traffic calming measures then.

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  • Yep, i think that a zero tolerance policy everywhere in Durham, over the course of a few weeks, would do a lot to get people to slow down - because they would suddenly face big traffic tickets, increased insurance rates, and perhaps even license suspension or jail.

    NCDOT has shown, time and time again, however, that their only concern is moving cars, lots and lots of cars, very quickly from point A to point B. And if you happen to live in the neighborhood between those points, well, you can go pound sand.

    I thought that I recently read that NCDOT was going to stop providing funding to cities to maintain roads such as 15-501. Maybe it's time that Durham use this as leverage to get some speed limit reductions through our neighborhoods.

    By Blogger SteveG, at 8:16 PM  

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