Police praised for enforcing speed limit

Jan. 12, 2012 at 9 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2012 at 7:12 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I read a letter castigating the Yorktown Police for issuing a citation to an oil-field truck driver.

He was insulted because he was only traveling 2 miles more than the posted speed limit. He felt the police should be more lenient and appreciate oil-field presence in the area.

What he didn't say was more important. The main street of Yorktown is the main highway through the city. The speed limit is 30 mph. Many elderly residents parallel park on Main street to do banking, pick up prescriptions, etc. The post office and the high school also are located on Main Street with students crossing that highway between classes.

From personal observation, the majority of the 18-wheelers are pushing the posted speed limit. They cut the corners too short and have knocked down the utility poles on Main Street, stopping electric service for hours on end. The elderly population is afraid to drive around town. My mother stays home alone because she is scared of the truck traffic. She can't go and buy groceries anymore. So should the Yorktown Police force ignore the speeding trucks? No. Traffic laws were made to be followed. If you were traveling over the posted speed limit, then it was your fault. The police are just doing their job. If you are a licensed truck driver, then you should be observing all speed limits and traffic laws. It has nothing to do with what industry you are associated with; it has everything to do with safe driving and protecting citizens' lives.

I support and applaud the Yorktown Police force for keeping traffic within posted speed limits. Pay your speeding ticket, and in the future, observe the speed limit.

Ava Spell, Willis



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