Opinion

Got a Minute: Accident Waiting to Happen

In recent days, I have heard from some citizens expressing their concern with the safety of the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 1 in Langdon.

Posted on 2/1/14

By Lee Coleman

Big trucks barreling through, no one giving and taking, the big dip on the east side of the intersection and essentially, drivers doing as they please were the main complaints.

Okay. It seems logical to expect a red light at the intersection to cure most ills.

Not so fast.

Seems the powers-to-be that govern red light placement conducted a traffic study of the area and determined a red light wasn’t warranted because there wasn’t enough traffic going through the area.

You don’t say. Hmm?

There are exceptions to every rule and in this case, proper consideration, regardless of a traffic count, should be carefully evaluated.

One citizen described the intersection during a busy time as “cars going everywhere”.

Sad to say, this intersection may be a very bad accident waiting to happen.

The sheriff’s department has undertaken a measure to help with traffic control by purchasing two security cameras for the intersection to help identify those drivers that might make it unsafe for other motorists.

The installation of the $40,000 cameras is underway and theoretically, they could make a big difference.

There has been some talk of solar paneled stop signs helping drivers see the signs at night.

Other illuminated devices have been part of the fodder.

At the end of the day, it might well be time to take action before the unspeakable happens at the intersection.

It is a matter of being proactive rather than reactive on an issue that would be cost positive rather than cost prohibitive.

Is it conscionable to allow bureaucracy to stand in the way of safety for all citizens?

I think not.

Coleman is the editor of the Republican and can be contacted at leecoleman88@yahoo.com.