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Letter: Preventable tragedies

  • Author: John Lime III
    | Opinion
  • Updated: June 12, 2019
  • Published June 12, 2019

Speeding is one of the biggest issues I see in my neighborhood (Scenic Park). I have grown tired of calling and leaving messages with APD and I am sure they are tired of listening to them. Anchorage adopted a Vision Zero campaign in 2016, with the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz publicly and officially committed to Vision Zero and key city departments, including police, transportation and public health are engaged. I am by no means a fan of the mayor, but on this issue I happen to agree with him. Speeding, red-light running, distracted driving and impairment were the top concerns during public outreach.

It will be a tragedy when anyone, especially one of the many children I see daily, gets hit by a speeding car, and this will have been entirely preventable “accident” when it happens. I ask our leaders to slow down neighborhood speeds through engineering, education and enforcement like other Vision Zero cities — 20 is Plenty.

— John Lime III


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