Speeding on New Road a public safety issue

October 19, 2012

I would like to thank Joe Wilson for calling attention to the serious problem of vehicle speeding in Lewes, as detailed in his Oct. 5 letter.  He is absolutely correct.  Speeding within city limits is a public safety issue that needs to be addressed.

I have been in town on New Road for 13 years, and have not witnessed speeding as bad as it has been this year.  Increased levels of traffic - boat traffic, autos, and business traffic, many talking on cell phones - routinely speed well in excess of the 25 MPH speed limit.   New Road is dangerous for autos obeying the speed limit, for pedestrians and especially for bicycle riders.

With the new housing developments on both sides of the road, New Road is not a county road.  It is a well-traveled and dangerous street within city limits.  The problem is real.  The solution is within our reach.

At an absolute minimum, New Road needs more speed limit signs, including signs that indicate the exact upcoming reduced speed (arrow above the speed).  Solar powered speed indicators as have been installed on Savannah Road would also help.

However, the key factor in reducing speed is more consistent police presence and enforcement of the speed limits.  If you doubt that this would help, try speeding through Ellendale or Glendale.

Greg Woodhead

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