To the Editor:
Recent letters to the editor have illustrated the need for more sidewalks in the area on or near Summers Road.
While I am in full agreement, I would like to also point out that citizens have a responsibility to follow the law and to follow common sense concerning their use of the roadway.
Summers Road has three lanes: one lane each direction plus a center turning lane.
Since the street was upgraded from a narrow two-lane road to three lanes, residents of the area have been using the center turn lane for personal recreation such as jogging, walking with baby strollers, and skateboarding. On weekends when the weather is nice, people can often be found walking or skateboarding in the center of the street.
This is very dangerous, even with a 30 mph posted speed limit.
Add to this the occasional speeders who race up the street, sometimes illegally using the same center turn lane to pass normal (slower) traffic. I was once passed in this manner while I was driving at the speed limit. This event also happened on a curve, where it was difficult, if not impossible, to see if anyone else was using the center turn lane on the other side of the curve. I am so thankful no one got hurt.
Police vehicles do patrol Summers Road regularly, but it is impossible for the city’s law enforcement to catch every speeder or reckless driver.
I maintain that it is not only the job of the government to protect its citizens. It is also the citizens’ responsibility to take due diligence in protecting themselves.
I hope and pray people will stop skateboarding and strolling their babies down the center of the street before someone is seriously injured or killed.