I live on Eighth Avenue Southeast and this is directed to all of those living south of 19th Street Southeast and west of Eighth Avenue Southeast in Mandan, businesses and contractors in the building trades in this area.
It is quite obvious the 25-mph speed limit signs mean absolutely nothing to you. There are three times every weekday (6:30-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30-6 p.m.), at the least, that you just lose every ounce of common sense that you were born with. Weekends it’s a constant thing from daylight to midnight. From 19th Street Southeast, down Eighth Avenue Southeast, to Highway 1806, it becomes your own private drag strip. It’s not uncommon to have some of you doing 35, 40, even 45-plus mph. I have paced some of you so it's not just an estimate on my part. I have followed you to your neighborhoods to see that you, for the most part, obey the speed limit.
So why in my neighborhood?
Sad to say it may be time to pass a law prohibiting all cellphone use in a moving vehicle as 75 percent of those driving by are talking or texting. And, believe it or not, even some of the school buses and the CAT bus totally disregard the 25-mph speed limit. Would you want your child on one these buses? It’s time for traffic camera/radar units at all of the "No Right Turn On Red" lanes, left-turn lanes and residential streets where speed is consistently abused. With, say, a $250 minimum fine and a few points? Someone is going to be killed or seriously injured. I feel it will be on law enforcement's shoulders when it happens.
A 300-word letter limit doesn’t begin to show my disgust with all of you.