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Time we had our say on speed bumps

October 22, 2013

Dear Sir,

I trust my concerns/sentiments, will be ‘echoed' by the majority populace. This is in reference to the proliferation of ‘sleeping policemen', aka, speed bumps, that have popped-up any and everywhere lately.

I can appreciate the fact that ‘private-estate' roads, those that comprise of less than five (5) residences, have the right to impose their wishes upon the general public.

On the other hand, ‘public roads', those travelled by the every day user, should have a say as to whether or not they are inconvenienced or ‘hampered' by the undemocratic installation of the ‘said', ‘bumps'.

Allow me to reference the Public Lands Act 1984, Part IV — Highways:

Statuary nuisances, #9-2(a)

Any building, structure, wall, fence etc which encroaches upon a highway or by which, by reason of it's position or condition is, in the opinion of the Minister, dangerous or gravely inconvenient to users of the highway…..

Are we to assume it is solely the decision of one person to authorise the placement of the many ‘sleeping policemen' that have now inconvenienced not just the general motoring public, but as well as the emergency services?

Shouldn't more community ‘buy-in', be the protocol going forward? Is this an admission to the fact that the law enforcers cannot proficiently carry out their duties? My ‘knickers are in a twist'. Is the law, the law? Or can we continue to push the envelope to suit a minority?

Glenn Chase

Go slow: The speed bump in Flatts Village.

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Published October 23, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm)

Time we had our say on speed bumps

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