Police must enforce speed limit on Route 15
My family and I live less than two miles from the Willow Road exit of U.S. Route 15. We travel south and northbound through the Hayward Road intersection daily. Multiple times a week I witness a near-miss at the Hayward Road intersection. Multiple times a year we are forced to detour the Hayward Road intersection due to a major crash.
Both the Hayward and Willow road intersections have flashing yellow lights, but why? What is the point of this when the posted speed limits and flashing yellow lights are ignored by drivers traveling in both directions?
It is common to wait at the Willow Road median for a pause in southbound traffic to cross Route 15, and by the grace of God we can cross safely, no thanks to cars heading south who make no effort to slow as they approach the caution lights at Willow.
Southbound commuters would rather voice their aggressions with increased speed, horn honking, and obscene hand gestures to drivers crossing at the flashing yellow.
John Carlton Hagerhorst letter in the July 8 edition of The Gazette ("Here's my solution for U.S. Route 15") is appropriate. Traffic authorities must enforce the speed limits or answer continued 911 calls at these two intersections, and Frederick residents can continue to worry if the latest wreck involved a loved one or friend.
The suggestion by Mr. Hagerhorst to lower the speed limits to 45 mph may not even be necessary if traffic violations are handed out for speeders and aggressive driving at these caution lights.
For a few weeks after another fatal crash at Hayward or near-fatal wreck at Willow Road, authorities seem to set speed traps near Beckley's Hotel and the northbound side of Route 15 by Willow Road. Enforcing the speed limits at these flashing yellow intersections would also catch many southbound drivers who fail to merge safely into the left lane when cars are attempting to merge onto Route 15 south at Willow.
Frequently, southbound drivers ignore the merging lane, and speed up rather than merge left to allow cars to enter Route 15 south at the broken white line.
Let's also not ignore the third death trap on Route 15 north at Monocacy Boulevard. Our family avoids crossing Route 15 at all costs here. Drivers leaving Frederick are simply bats leaving hell as they head toward Pennsylvania.
Peggy Richman, Frederick