Photo by George Lauby
The traffic light at 3rd and Jeffers is set to blink.
It is with great disappointment that I write this letter today. I honestly did not think that it would come to this. I am referring to the study to make the decision to remove the traffic light at Third and Jeffers.
I know it has been stated that it is not ‘set in stone’, but that is of no comfort.
A few months back we were asked how many times we, county employees, used the signal to cross the street in a day.
A better question may have been, “how many times does the average person seeking to comply with all the laws with drivers licenses, motor vehicle licensing, court sentences, etc. cross that intersection?
I tell you there are a large number of people with business at the Sheriffs’ Office, the DMV, Probation and the courthouse that use the cross walk every single day of the week.
Another big concern is the attitude that states…we are going to be looking at or monitoring the intersection to see if there is an increase in traffic accidents, and base our decision on this.
Why should someone, driver or pedestrian, have to be at risk of injury to deem this light valuable?
A very good reason to leave the light in working order is the protruding Evans building. Westbound traffic on Third St. find it necessary to creep out in order to see oncoming northbound traffic, posing a risk of an accident.
Again I do not understand why someone should be injured or possibly lose their life in order to deem a light necessary. It moves large amounts of pedestrian traffic to and from the Sheriff’s office, the DMV, Probation and the courthouse.
You cannot tell me that there are no other options.
Now that it is blinking, we better not blink.
By Marla Haines, Lincoln County Detention Center