Slow Down Montesano!
Slow Down Montesano!
We the citizens of Montesano care deeply for our little town. We watch out for our neighbors and stand loud and proud for our Bulldog pride.
If you live on a main arterial street, or near our parks and schools, the problem we face is not new to you. Cars traveling at speeds near to and far greater than 10 mph over the posted speed limit is witnessed by all of us; in some places-many times a day. It is possible that you yourself may have called to complain, gone in to report or just voiced your frustration to neighbors or peers. This is a widespread problem that is occurring in all towns, however it can be helped.
Most of you likely know there are "hot spots" in Grays Harbor County that are notorious speed trap-areas. These cities or locations are more likely to not only be patrolled but are likely to pull you over and write you a traffic citation for speeding with zero tolerance. In these areas of Grays Harbor County speed has been controlled to some degree over time. This is the desired outcome for driving conditions within the city limits of Montesano. Obey the posted speed, or pay a fine.
As a community, be it parents, business owners or just active residents, we must make our voices heard about this collective problem. There are approximately one half of our student population from kindergarten to 12th grade walking on side walks, side streets and crossing intersections before and/or after school hours. That's roughly 500 children on our streets, walking home or to after school activities. One third of the 7-12th grade students participate in after school activities and are often on the streets as late as 8 pm. There are also a fluctuating number of adults walking, running, walking dogs and pushing strollers. This happens often during the hours of 4:30 am to after 11 pm.
Our long term goal is to protect all of our citizens from the dangers presented by speeding and distracted driving. We, the community, seek the assistance of the Montesano Police Department to actively enforce the speed limit in Montesano-for drivers traveling 6 mph or more over the posted limit-with issuance of written citations. We also ask our city to move towards implementation of more traffic calming measures such as radar enforced camera speed signs, bold and noticeable speed signage in school zones, on pavement-reflective signage, appearance of lane narrowing road markers, or large trapezoid speed bumps in school zones or other problem areas with high pedestrian traffic. These measures should be acted upon on, but not limited to: Beacon Avenue, Simpson Avenue, Academy St, Spruce St., Church St, 3rd St North, and 1st St. North.
We must work collaboratively to keep our community safe. It is not worth risking a single person's safety to allow this negligent problem to continue. Our town is growing quickly. Our city is working hard to draw quality businesses and tourism to our area. Yet, we must address our currently existing public safety risks for our citizens first. Growth is for nothing if we cannot keep our pedestrians safe. Please join us in showing our city that your voice, our kids, and our community matters!