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TACOMA: Ticket those North End speeders

Letter by Brad A. Squyres, Tacoma on April 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm with 15 Comments »
April 14, 2011 12:50 pm

I live off of North Orchard in Tacoma. After the 30th Street four-way stop, where the speed limit is 30, then down by 37th it changes to 25 mph, drivers seem to like to ignore the speed. If the police department would assign one unit to sit on North 35th or so and give out tickets for speeding, I am pretty sure they would be able to repave all of North Tacoma with the money they would collect.

I personally know four people who have complained to the police about the constant high speeds people drive on this stretch of road, but nothing ever gets done. I have seen on numerous occasions the tricked-out cars driven by younger kids, as well as street bikes going 70 mph-plus up and down this road.

Something needs to be done before a child or anyone else for that matter ends up hit by a reckless driver.

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  1. Omega6234 says:

    25 is painfully slow. 30 mph is better. A human being can literally run 27 miles per hour. If 30 mph is to fast, move to a farm.

  2. surething says:

    People speed everywhere, what makes you so special? lol

  3. “A human being can literally run 27 miles per hour.”

    But not for very long.

    Brad, have you tried to get the city to install speed bumps?

  4. fbergford says:

    Easy fix bud…just make a couple of pot holes the city will never get around to fixing them!

  5. Omega6234 says:

    While we are on the subject of tickets… can we start ticketing people for driving unde the speed limit also??? 30 mph means 30… if you cant do the speed limit get off the road and take the bus.

  6. I wonder if Omega would be willing to stand in the street and not move while I drive my 2000 lb vehicle at 24 miles per hour…….

    You get the idea.

    I’m betting that Omega would move out of the way of the human running at 27 MPH (which is short distance and probably the fastest human alive)

    By the way – “speed limit” means “NOT MORE THAN”. One may drive slower if precaution is due.

  7. MarksonofDarwin says:

    OK, I’ll go with “you can go UNDER the limit” argument, and even ignore the implicit wagging of the stuck out tongue.

    My question is….why do these “I’m going UNDER the limit” people feel the need to blow through stop signs, or rush out of driveways right in front of another car if they aren’t in any hurry. Seriously. If they had obeyed traffic laws, and made their lawful stop….they wouldn’t have the space to get in front of the oncoming car and would have to wait.

    I have an answer:
    It’s passive aggressive behavior. They enjoy it. It gives them the jollies to know that the person behind them is frustrated. Just like the punks who like to walk across the street right in front of you when they don’t have the light. Same mentality.

    Speeding is a problem, I agree. Especially in residential neighborhoods, but these passive aggressive road ragers need to be checked as well…..

  8. Markson – as someone who drives highways and freeways – about 2500 miles a month, I don’t appreciate someone trying to drive up my exhaust pipe when I’m going 60 miles an hour and can’t change lanes because of traffic density. If you call that passive/aggressive, so be it.

    How about “follow the damned laws”? Slow down and back off.

  9. MarksonofDarwin says:

    Yep, I agree that’s really really annoying X6.

    When that happens to me, I immediately flip the turn signal on so that someone in the right lane will let me in. THAT’S following the damn law, in case you weren’t aware….

    When someone parks themselves in the left lane going 60 mph **knowing** that there are people who will use that lane to speed get zero sympathy from me. And you certainly don’t get a gold star for being a scofflaw. I don’t know why you’re proud of how you behave on the road.

    If you refuse to obey the law and move to the right, you are simply a menace on the road and deserve a fat ticket for reckless driving.

    You do realize that you are putting the rest of us who ARE following the law in danger when you do that?

    If all goes well, and if there is a God, you and the other tailgating person are the only ones hurt when your inevitable number comes up.

  10. Just for the record, Usain Bolt’s average speed in his World Record 100 meter run (9.58 seconds) was 23.35 miles per hour. While he hit a top speed of 27 mph, it was for less than 10 meters. If you going to compare it to say a major leauge pitcher, it would be the equivalent of somebody throwing a baseball 110 mph. Even a 100 mph pitch seems unbelievable if you are standing in the batters box.

    I have seen a human run under 10 seconds for 100 meters many times and I tell you, it is indeed a miraculous a sight to behold. It’s hard to imagine the majesty of actually seeing Bolt run that fast in person.

    It makes nattering about our driving shortcomings seem pretty meaningless.

  11. live4fish says:

    “If you refuse to obey the law and move to the right, you are simply a menace on the road and deserve a fat ticket for reckless driving.

    You do realize that you are putting the rest of us who ARE following the law in danger when you do that?”

    So….speeding is following the law? I do agree that people need to get out of the left lane if somebody is approaching. However, you do realize that you yourself are putting the rest of the public at risk as well?

  12. MarksonofDarwin says:

    Of course speeding is against the law live4fish.
    It is ALSO and EQUALLY against the law to travel constantly in the left lane.

    The person who refuses to move over is just as much a menace on the road even when doing the speed limit…..and especially when going UNDER the speed limit.

    I really don’t understand why some people (and I don’t mean you, clearly you know what I’m saying) feel they need to police the freeways.
    When I’m in the right lane, and some jackazz is tailgating the person in the left lane, I slow down to either allow the left lane jackazz get over OR the jackazz speeder/tailgater. That generally means that when the tailgater moves in front of me to get around jackazz #1, then #1 inexplicably feels the need to speed WAY up in order to make SURE that jackazz #2 can’t make it around them. It’s clearly NOT about some high morals about their driving….they’re all too happy to speed themselves if it will cause someone else to get upset. It’s against the law….and it’s aggressive driving.

  13. “If you refuse to obey the law and move to the right, you are simply a menace on the road and deserve a fat ticket for reckless driving.”

    x-6 said nothing about driving in the left lane. I have people tailgate me at 60 mph in the right lane.

    It’s about following the laws

  14. live4fish says:

    KARDNOS says:
    “If you refuse to obey the law and move to the right, you are simply a menace on the road and deserve a fat ticket for reckless driving.”

    “x-6 said nothing about driving in the left lane. I have people tailgate me at 60 mph in the right lane.”

    It’s kind of implied. The fact that he says move to the right eludes to the fact that you are indeed in a left lane. I seriously doubt that he wants the far right lane to move to the shoulder.

  15. lawrencejprice says:

    Brad, call a community meeting, pass the hat and purchase a radar gun. Start collecting data, date, time, speed and license plate is all you need. Report your data to the police on a regular basis. Then when the inevitable happens present you data again to the police department pointing out the obvious, then pick your favorite TV news outlet. If along the way you happen to capture some video of those 70MPH vehicles that would be a bonus to any new outlet. The next best thing to capturing video of police wrong doing is police lack of doing their job. Of course attorneys for the grieving and or injured will be wanting that data as well. Of course there will be backlash, since the probability is very high that those very people who scream up and down the street at 70MPH are your neighbors.

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