LETTER: Try lower speed limit, tougher enforcement at 33-I crossing

To Ozaukee Press:

You can’t legislate against stupidity, and drunk driving is a subset of that. There are no obstructions in any direction blocking the views of oncoming traffic at Highway 33 and County Road I in the Town of Saukville. Why are there so many accidents? What are the causes?  Excessive speed? Failure to yield? Drunk or impaired driving? Inattentive driving? Has law enforcement been involved to remedy these issues?

I find it interesting that 51% are in favor of a very expensive and inconvenient (primarily during the construction period) roundabout at that intersection. I remember seeing tire tracks over the roundabouts in the Village of Saukville, and the speed zones approaching those roundabouts were much lower than in the vicinity of County Road I.

How about a progressive approach, which is already started by the installation of warning signs and flags?

1. Extend the 45 mph speed limit from the western Village of Saukville boundary to a point approximately one-half mile west of County Road I. Invite the Ozaukee sheriff and the state patrol to institute a “traffic enforcement and education zone” in the vicinity. Once the word of strict enforcement gets disseminated via a public service article in the Ozaukee Press or by word of mouth, the traffic should slow.

 2. The addition of solar-powered flashing stop signs on County Road I should get the attention of those unfamiliar with the area, but I’ll bet the majority of folks involved in crashes there are locals.

3. Installation of “smart” traffic control signals similar to those at the intersection of County Roads V and W in the Town of Port Washington might be considered in the distant future if the first options don’t work.

If these low-cost fixes don’t work over time, then the dreaded roundabout can be reconsidered. A roundabout should not be the first option.
 

Kendel D. Feilen
Port Washington

 

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