Slow down out there

Monday, April 21, 2008

We encourage area motorists to please slow down at unmarked, residential intersections in Cherokee.

With the arrival of spring and the school year nearing its end, there will be many vehicles on city streets and those unmarked intersections - especially in the west part of town where the school, Community Center, Country Club, Bacon Aquatics Center, renovated and enhanced Gillette Park and its large playground, and Mental Health Institute daily attract dozens of vehicles. In many cases, vehicles meeting at those intersections are a serious accident just waiting to happen.

In case you weren't aware, the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way at unmarked intersections. We've witnessed countless "near misses" at these intersections because motorists just aren't paying attention, aren't driving with caution, and obviously, could care less as they zip through the intersections at too high of speed with little or no regard for the safety of themselves, their passengers, and those in the other vehicles.

We applaud the Cherokee Police Department and City for utilizing the mobile speeding sign that gives motorists a digital read-out of their speed and tells them to "Slow Down!" if they exceed the posted limit. It is an effective reminder telling all of us to slow down, obey the speed limits, and avoid collisions.

Come on, area motorists, kids and adults alike. Use your head instead of your foot when traversing the streets in this fine community, and avoid very costly accidents.