Letter: Drivers on Division Road traveling at unsafe speeds

To the editor:

This letter is meant for Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox:

I am writing once again due to drivers driving at a high rate of speed on West Division Road past my home.

I know that your department is stretched thin; however, it would be nice to see law enforcement doing something about speeding cars, trucks and farm equipment on West Division Road between county roads 450 West and 600 West.

The speed limit along this road is 35 ​miles per hour, and most often vehicles are driving at a much higher rate of speed past the ​Harris Cemetery and a new home construction at 4802 W. Division Road. For some reason we have a great deal of heavy dump trucks and construction equipment using this road while speeding.

I myself have had two close calls with getting hit while working near the edge of this road. Division Road is very hilly and has many curves in the area listed above.

Isn’t there something that can be done to impress drivers that they must obey the law for speeding and reckless driving? The worst times for these offen​ses are in the morning between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and again at 4 and 6 p.m.; however, speeding and reckless driving does occur all day long along this section of road.

If radar speed control signs are needed along this section of road then I am in favor of the signs being placed along this section of road in both directions. However the signs won’t impress or control speeding if a deputy isn’t on site to issue speeding tickets for offenders. There is still a good driveway at 4705 W. Division Road for deputies to park in to observe offenders.

I’ve been writing to you for at least four of the last six years that I have lived here on West Division Road and to this date I’ve never seen a deputy stop or serve a reckless driver with a ticket. I would be willing to bet that none have ever been issued for this section of road.

The problem is that someone is going to really get hurt one of these days. I was forced to jump into a ditch this summer by a speeding driver and was injured and trapped to the point that I thought that I was going to have to call 911 to be rescued from my fall. I was injured and trapped in the ditch by a farm fence that was pinning both of my legs under it, and all this because of a speeding driver.

I surely would appreciate some assistance from your department in giving this matter some attention.

Eric R. Sample