Friday, May 23, 2014

On people who drive beyond the speed limit!

I live in a relatively quiet small town in southwest Missouri call Forsyth. My house is located in a small neighborhood with ranch style houses similar to those you'd find in thousands of neighborhoods back in the 80's. Yes, it's quaint and it's quiet you might say. And, that's just the way me and some of the others who live on Baker street like it.

However, as of late, we've developed a problem of sorts. That problem is people who speed down the road like they were on the way to a raging fire! Now, mind you, it's not everyone who speeds, just a few. Maybe three drivers that maybe feel they are too important to have to worry about obeying the speed laws. Drivers who go fast enough to make it hard to stop if some child runs into the road. Drivers who maybe need some intervention in the form of the police, I'm thinking..... Let's see now, a C&I driving citation will net you 4 points.... on your license...

Driving record point accumulation in Missouri is a serious matter.
  • If you accumulate 4 or more points in a 12-month period, the Driver Licensing Division will send you a warning letter stating that you are in danger of losing your driving privileges.
  • If you accumulate 8 or more points in an 18-month period, your driver's license will be suspended for 30 days. If you've previously had your license suspended for accumulating too many points, you'll lose your driving privileges for 60 days on the 2nd suspension and 90 days on any subsequent suspensions.
  • If you accumulate 12 or more points in 12 months, 18 or more points in 24 months, or 24 or more points in 36 months, your Missouri driver's license will be revoked for 1 year. 
As a start, I've asked the Taney County Road and Bridge office to install a speed limit sign on my end of the street. There's already one that reads 15 MPH! We'll see how that goes before getting confrontational...

Update: My call to Taney Country Roads and Bridges was originally taken by a fill in, with a promise that someone would get back to me. That never happened....

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