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To the editor:
There is no doubt that accidents have been a common occurrence along the portion of US 62 between Hilltop Drive and the Kentucky River this year.
We’ve seen numerous accidents involving cars striking deer, cars striking debris falling off trucks and vehicles striking other vehicles.
It seems like the road has become significantly more dangerous lately. Unfortunately, some of the accidents along this stretch of road have been fatal this year.
It is always very sad news indeed when you hear of someone losing their life on a highway. It would be wonderful if changes could be made to prevent this tragedy from happening in the future, and I think there are some things that can be done.
Having said that, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway’s push to reduce the speed limit to 45 mph all the way to the Woodford County line is a ridiculous idea, and has little chance of being approved by the Transportation Cabinet.
As a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employee, let me share a couple of stats with you. The portion of US 62 between Hilltop Drive and the Kentucky River carries on average about 5,300 vehicles per day. This is only a quarter of the traffic volume we see on US 127 Bypass. Of those 5,300 vehicles on US 62, only about 8 percent are commercial trucks.
Most of the road segment is rural by designation. There is almost no reason whatsoever to reduce a rural US highway to 45 mph with such light traffic and small numbers of large trucks.
There are other highways in Anderson County that are far more dangerous, such as Highway 151 which at last count carried 7,300 vehicles per day, almost 16 percent of which are commercial trucks.
Your odds of being involved in an accident with a large truck are far higher in other parts of the county compared to US 62.
As any good law and government professor will teach you, we can’t fix problems with more laws. We’ve got too many laws as it is.
The proper thing to do is to enforce the ones already intact. The same rule applies here. People who are already speeding and breaking the law are not going to magically stop doing so if you put up a new lower speed limit.
The proper thing to do is to enforce the speed limit which is already in effect. The current speed limit was set in place after careful review by highway engineers in the first place. The speed limit should be, and likely will be, left alone on US 62 since it adheres to current standards for US highways.
Other things to improve safety such as reflectors, experimental warning signage with enhanced visual markings such as LED lighting, rumble strips, etc. may be considered by KYTC engineers after a careful review and these things combined with extra patrol by local police should help to curb the problem that we are seeing on this stretch of highway.
My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones on Anderson County highways this year.
KY Transportation Cabinet