Highway 30, instead of a cash cow, should be called Death Alley
In response to Mr. Kurt Roseler's letter in the Spotlight last week. You're a newbie.
I have driven Highway 30 to Portland five days a week for 40-plus years.
I've seen people decapitated, bodies mangled, animals hit, and young people with their lives still ahead of them very dead. Highway 30 might not be a highway between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but it should be renamed 'Death Alley.'
It is a very deadly highway to travel and speed is a good part of the problem. In looking back over records, I noted seven deaths on Highway 30 from March 2010 to July 2011, plus eight people critically injured. I stopped counting after that.
Also, Columbia City doesn't have a police department as large as Los Angeles, only the equivalent of 2.55 officers. I also know if you check, you'll find that most of the cars stopped are only given a warning.
I live in Columbia City and I sure hope our officers are on Highway 30. The speed is 50 mph, not 60. How would you like it if you are trying to turn on to your street and someone passes you giving you the familiar hand signal and mouthing terrible things to you? It's a wonderful way to end your day after a hard day at work.
People don't seem to realize Columbia City is a city and we don't like people driving through it like it was a NASCAR speedway. Actually I would like to see the speed limit down to 40 mph, then, if we are lucky, they'll only go 50.
If you are worried about being stopped, adhere to Oregon law and read the speed signs. They are put there for a reason, not just as highway decoration.
As for the trucks being stopped, Columbia City has the contract from the Oregon Department of Transportation for trucks from St. Helens to Deer Island, therefore you will see most of the trucks stopped are being stopped by the Columbia City police. That is their job! Also, the ticket money doesn't stay locally since Oregon state laws are being enforced.
As for seeing seven police officers in one day in that stretch of road: If you check it out you will find that it was Three Flags Blitz which coincides with the nationwide 'Click it or Ticket' mobilization promoted by the U.S. Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Administration.
Patrol enforcement activities focus on proper seatbelt use and minors in open pickup beds. The extra patrols are funded by grants from ODOT.
Oregon's crash fatality and injury rates have dropped 43 percent since passage of this adult seat belt law in 1990.
Perhaps you should check to see what is going on before you criticize!
- Shannon Fitzgibbons, City Councilor, Columbia City