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TO THE EDITOR:

This is in response to your front page article entitled “Nine wrecks occur in 24 hour span in Artesia” in the Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, edition. These wrecks are not surprising.

My wife and I have lived in our home at the intersection of South Seventh and Park for several years now. We have a bird’s eye view of irregular and dangerous driving from our living room window. We face Park Street and about 90 percent of drivers who come to Seventh from Park either ignore the stop sign completely or don’t look carefully and nearly get involved in a wreck.

The speed limit on Seventh from at least Main Street south to Hermosa is 25 mph. Almost everyone is going way above that limit. This becomes problematic for several reasons. First, is the fact that those coming from Park don’t stop at the stop sign. Second, if drivers are heading south on Seventh, there is a sharp S curve just south of Park. There are a lot of kids in this neighborhood and drivers need to be very cautious in this area and slow down!

We have had numerous accidents in this area over the past few years. Our neighbors have had cars hit trees in their yard and even one car that landed on top of a pickup truck in another neighbor’s driveway! People need to be more courteous to one another and pay attention. This town is not the Indy 500 and our streets aren’t to be considered fair game.

If you encounter someone actually doing the speed limit, stop riding the bumper and calm down. I won’t go any faster, so it won’t do you any good getting upset.

Sincerely,
Michael C. Pottenger