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2/12/2014 9:16:00 AM
Guest Commentary
Drivers may need more than gentle reminder to ensure townfolks' safety
By Ernest Del Rio

Very disturbing information surfaced recently showing that traffic violations and collisions have increased significantly since photo-radar enforcement went away in Prescott Valley. This suggests a strong correlation between photo-radar enforcement and driver behavior.

So what now? What will town leadership and law enforcement do to encourage drivers to comply with traffic laws and make our town safer for all of us?

There are self-centered drivers out there who could not care less about endangering someone's safety when they speed, run a red light or a stop sign and they deserve a citation.

But for those drivers who conscientiously obey traffic laws yet at times become distracted, a gentle reminder to focus may be of great value.  For example, electronic signs reminding us of the speed limit and advising us of our current speed would provide drivers an opportunity to comply.  Such signs could be placed at strategic locations on a permanent or rotating basis.

Prescott Valley's General Plan 2025 promotes our small town character and sense of community.  Conscientious drivers contribute to this vision by allowing moms pushing strollers, people in wheelchairs, kids riding bicycles to move about safely.

When we honor traffic laws and Town ordinances, we honor each other. And in doing so, we strengthen community pride and enhance our lives by preserving our small town personality.

Ernest Del Rio is a longtime Prescott Valley resident. He is retired from the U. S. Forest Service.

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