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Archive for Friday, November 16, 2012

Letter: Patrol problem

November 16, 2012

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To the editor:

As the daughter of a former county sheriff, I understand that a police force cannot watch every area of the city. But, as a longtime resident of Lawrence, I am appalled by the number of drivers who ignore speed-limit signs in residential neighborhoods and how often these areas are not patrolled.

I live in the Sunset Hills neighborhood, an area often traversed by drivers who are cutting between Sixth, Ninth and Bob Billings Parkway. Drivers are constantly going up to 40 mph, and I have seen a police officer twice in my two years of living in this location. There are many young families in this area, mine being one of them.

Every day there are children walking home from school and families going for walks. These residents shouldn’t be at risk each time they use the sidewalk or cross the street. It saddens me that there are many neighborhoods where nothing has been done to slow the traffic. Sure, there are a few speed bumps, but frankly, there should be more. Personally I have almost been hit twice while crossing my own street, and I have been nearly rear-ended several times just pulling into my own driveway. What does it take to petition for a speed bump and attention from the LPD?

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happyrearviewmirror 1 year, 5 months ago

The streets of Lawrence are extremely frightening and unsafe. It's hard to feel safe in public when surrounded on all sides by aggressive, molesting ignorance.

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hitme 1 year, 5 months ago

Drones. Better monitoring instant justice and fun...you can't forget about the fun.

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Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

A few speed bumps can't cost all that much. Take up a collection from your neighbors and send the money to city hall with a note asking for additional speed bumps. I'm sure they will get right on it as they truly care about whether or not you get rear-ended while pulling into your driveway.

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gbulldog 1 year, 5 months ago

Let us not forget what emergency personnel go through when dealing with an accident. Especially cleaning up the victums so needlessly killed, Or about the rehab hospitals dealing with the severly injured. Have you heard the commercial for a funeral home that says: Be careful, we can wait.

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gccs14r 1 year, 5 months ago

I wonder how many people who have multiple close calls with automobiles fail to stop and look both ways before crossing the street?

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 5 months ago

The City already installed speed humps near the bend of 8th/9th and Cardinal Dr ...

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somedude20 1 year, 5 months ago

People do cut through there and maybe the police could raise some funds to pay for the new rec center by setting up shop there, but I have to say........l drive down Kentucky Mon-Fri when the school lights are flashing and have noticed that a large amount of the cars that speed through the school zone are ones with young children in them..many a mini vans.....so, as I am sure the parents who speed through the school zone don't want people to speed through their neighborhoods, why would it not matter to them when they speed through a school zone (and neighborhood) when little kiddies are walking to school?

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progressive_thinker 1 year, 5 months ago

I wonder if Lauren has taken a moment to contact LPD to discuss her concerns. She did not indicate one way or another. It seems to me that some respectful dialog would be a good starting point.

My experience with LPD is that they have been prompt and professional when assistance has been requested, and that if one of their officers is up to something inappropriate, they deal with it quickly and effectively.

Perhaps a call to the LPD public affairs desk at (785) 830-7404 would get her in contact with an appropriate supervisor to see if there could be some extra patrols, especially during school hours.

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g_rock 1 year, 5 months ago

So you didn't actually name the street. But I see cops in that neighborhood every single day. And since you've only lived in the area for 2 years, maybe you should have checked it out before you moved there? I actually run in that area sometimes and never have had a close call with a car.

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classclown 1 year, 5 months ago

Now that the town is making everyone use city issued trash cans, use all of the old metal cans you and your neighbors have left. Buy some extra if need be. Place them strategically in the street so a vehicle can be able to maneuver around them easily at say 20mph and fill them with sand.

Maybe even ring them with paint filled balloons so anyone that does speed and smacks into one or more of the cans, will then bear the blotches of shame on their vehicle.

Drivers will eventually get the hint and you'll have much less traffic on your street.

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nativeson 1 year, 5 months ago

For traffic control devices, you need to present the issue to the traffic safety commission. They are appointed to review these type of issues. Go the the City of Lawrence website and contact the appropriate city staff.

For speeding, you can contact traffic control with the LPD and they will respond by observing the street. However, compliance is 9/10ths of the law. If people do not observe what is posted, it is hard to force them to be more respectful of the neighborhood.

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thuja 1 year, 5 months ago

Just wait and see how fast everyone drives when 5G cellphones and light-speed Google Dreamwire becomes available. We won't have time to get anywhere.

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grammaddy 1 year, 5 months ago

Last night I saw 3 police vehicles, the new SUVs, sitting in the parking lot at the train station on 7th. WHY??The train only runs through here twice a day and NOT at 9:'30 p.m.They should be out patrolling, not just sitting and gossipping.

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smitty 1 year, 5 months ago

Just go outside and start shooting........you will get 12 LPD cars in minutes...we do not have a shortage of LE, only a shortage of good management for our LPD.

Perhaps you may not wish to take that advise since the common citizens end up shot dead. Olin knew he would be shot in the back if he left his bedroom..that's part of what our ex-terrorist expert taught these current LE officers in his 500 hour training sessions.

Police respond to gunshots at former chief’s house Incident treated as medical emergency

Lawrence police early Thursday responded to the home of former Police Chief Ron Olin after dispatchers received a call saying he was having a reaction to medication and he was firing a gun.

According to an audio recording of police and dispatcher radio traffic by Journal-World reporting partner Mike Frizzell, who operates Operation 100 News and monitors overnight police activity in the area, officers were sent at 2:46 a.m. Thursday to the southwest Lawrence home owned by Olin and his wife, Sylvie.

After a dispatcher said a person with a gun had fired five shots, police in 12 cars were sent to the home, as well as an ambulance.

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swampyankee 1 year, 5 months ago

The same problem exists in North Lawrence. I believe a lack of enforcement is the issue.

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appleaday 1 year, 5 months ago

Actually, her letter illustrates why government sometimes have to step in and make and enforce laws since some members of society choose to be irresponsible and put the lives of others in jeopardy. If we all behaved, we wouldn't need as much government.

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Liberty_One 1 year, 5 months ago

Notice the wording: "crossing my own street." If it truly were her private property, Lauren's problems would be solved. Another example of government failure.

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