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Better lighting, signs on U.S. 19 would save lives


© St. Petersburg Times
published January 13, 2002

Editor: So, Pasco has the highest number of highway fatalities at 107.

Well, its not surprising when one considers the driving conditions on such highways as U.S. 19. By this, I mean the substandard illumination. When construction occurred at U.S. 19, FDOT installed cantilevered, high-use, cluster, modern illumination.

Travel north from there and conditions deteriorate. Pinellas County is now on track to improve matters. Until illumination is extended into Pasco on U.S. 19 etc., excessive fatalities will continue to occur. U.S. 19 in Pasco is almost entirely built up as far north as Hudson. It equates to urban driving. In many instances, signs are absent for directional purposes and this can cause indecision. It is another factor causing accidents at intersections.
-- H.E. Jephson, New Port Richey

Good way to control littering is increase fines, enforce laws

Editor: Apparently, the only way the situation of littering can be controlled effectively is by stiff fines and increased enforcement of ordinances.

The fines collected can be used for additional officers and equipment. This won't adversely affect those law-abiding citizens who take pride in their community and obey the laws.
-- Dick Bakke, New Port Richey

Police should ticket speeders year round, arrest bad drivers

Re: Ignoring speed limit creates unsafe roads, Dec. 21 letter
-- Editor: The writer asked if anyone cared. I care because I have seen what she saw: beer cans dumped out of cars. I was walking on Congress Street.
I thought the speed limited was 30 mph on Congress and 25 mph on Madison Street. I have seen cars driving 75 mph on Congress and 60 mph on Indiana Avenue. The drivers yell at you too to get out of the road, yell names and give you the finger.
It is time for Police Chief Aage Madsen to give out tickets 365 days a year, not just for three days and then report it to the paper. What about the other 362 days the drivers are breaking the law?
Paulie F. Williams, New Port Richey

Your concealed weapon license won't make insurance go up

Re: Insurance could soar due to guns, Dec. 9 letter.

Editor: The writer is wrong. A concealed weapon license is just that: It allows you to carry a weapon concealed on your person so that no other person knows that you have it on you. If they do not know, how can they raise the company insurance?

On Oct. 1, 1987, Florida came out with this state concealed weapon license. I was sitting in a new home model center all by myself and also taking people to empty, new model homes, so I sent in for that state license and received it right away.

This gave me a sense of security and I felt a lot safer, I did not run to my boss and say I have this license to ask his permission to carry a firearm as the state had already done so. His insurance did not go up and that was over 14 years ago.

As of today, 267,000 licensed permits are in this state. That's a lot of voters with families that will remember at election time.

The writer wants to ban firearms in the parking lots as well. If that happens, it will be like the school parking lots, a safe haven for the bad guys, as a law-abiding person with a license would not go onto this property.

For instance, if I was driving down Ridge Road going east past the new schools and I saw an emergency, even with all the training that I received at the New York City Police Academy, I would have to pass by and drive to the nearest phone to call 911, as I do not want to be arrested because it is a crime to bring a firearm onto school property. I treat my permit like an American Express card. I never leave home without it.
-- Chuck Rhall, vice president, The Second Amendment Club of America

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