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Letter: Airport Heights needs cops or speed bumps to slow drivers

My wife and I totally agree with Pat Wendt’s letter published Oct. 24 (“Neighborhood speedway a hazard”) about some of the drivers in the Airport Heights neighborhood. I would like to suggest APD start patrolling neighborhoods, in unmarked cars, near schools, especially around 3:20 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

My wife works at the Airport Heights School. On any given afternoon, while I am waiting for her, I see several drivers with cell phones to their ear(s), blatantly exceeding the speed limit down 15th Avenue and Alder Street. Additionally, some drivers park on the wrong side of the street and/or block the residents’ driveways. Whenever I see drivers breaking some of the basic rules of operating a motor vehicle, I think of the saying: “if they drive like they don’t have a license, they probably don’t.” 

It’s only a matter of time before an innocent pedestrian, child or adult, becomes the injured victim of a scofflaw driver in a school zone. If APD’s patrolling and ticketing speeding drivers’ doesn’t cure the speeding problem, maybe speed bumps would.

— Bill Buttry

Anchorage