Like many boys I started my scouting profession as a Cub Scout. I couldn’t wait to turn into a full fledged Boy Scout like my older brothers. When the proud day got here Philip was prepared, little did he know the trouble and dedication it required.

Not to fret, I had each of these attributes and advantage badges to proceed my love of scouting. Scouts take discover of their environment and what they discover they take critically.

Growing up on Air Force Bases meant packing up and transferring once more. And repeatedly. We ultimately landed on the shores of Lake Sinclair north of Detroit, Michigan. In  winter no much less. What do Boy Scouts do on 18 diploma winter nights? They stand round a 55-gallon drum crammed with wooden and fireplace, promoting Christmas bushes.

Trying to remain heat I didn’t notice till I acquired house what few eyebrows I had left had been little melted curly sprigs. To at the present time I solely purchase Christmas bushes from the Boy Scouts.

One of our very personal observant Tallahassee Boy Scouts, Ethan Canto, has taken discover and realizing the seriousness wrote a letter to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Ethan walks house from college nearly daily and has discovered Tallahassee drivers should not as conscious of pedestrians as he has seen in different cities. Or, Ethan laments, drivers listed here are simply not paying consideration. Ethan asks us to affix him in bringing consideration to this most severe situation — drivers not yielding to pedestrians.

Thank you, Ethan, I applaud you as a Boy Scout and for bringing consideration to a really true driving hazard by writing to this newspaper. No one may have stated it higher. Hopefully drivers in Tallahassee will observe your lead by not stopping in a crosswalk and usually having extra respect for our pedestrian inhabitants.

Dangers in Waverly Hills

 

Barbara writes to ask that I carry consideration to drivers rushing in Waverly Hills. Specifically Waverly Road and Abbotsford Way the place adults and kids get pleasure from strolling their canine, bicycling, a pleasant stroll or a jogging exercise. Although velocity bumps are positioned alongside Waverly Road some drivers are touring so quick Barbara can hear the undercarriage of automobiles bottom-out on the velocity bumps.

The added hazard on Abbotsford Way which makes it much more scary is the curve within the street. Although the neighborhood e-newsletter continually asks individuals to decelerate, rushing in Waverly Hills continues.

Sad to confess Barbara, you’re appropriate. Waverly Hills isn’t the one neighborhood with drivers throwing warning to the wind as they put themselves and others in peril. Yes, Waverly Road is a connector for North Meridian Road and Thomasville Road which brings in drivers who’ve little interest in preserving the sanctity of your neighborhood. Although research do exist displaying residents of a neighborhood are generally the violators.

Something I additionally don’t like about Waverly Hills and lots of different neighborhoods in Tallahassee is, there aren’t any sidewalks. No sidewalks means individuals exercising, using bicycles or strolling shall be in direct battle with vehicular site visitors. Add velocity and we have now a horrible catastrophe within the making.

Since we all know velocity bumps aren’t the reply for everybody, with this column we ask Chief of Police Michael DeLeo, Sheriff Walt McNeil and, when within the neighborhood, our pleasant State Troopers patrol Waverly Hills. Hefty Speeding fines are probably the most direct option to carry these scofflaws again to actuality. A police presence often will carry consideration to a neighborhood experiencing unhealthy drivers whereas on the identical time offering income to metropolis and county coffers.

I say it to my younger college students at faculties and faculties, I write about it in Street Scene; there isn’t any time financial savings when rushing in neighborhoods, downtown or wherever a number of cease situations exist.

One younger fellow piped up and stated ambulances and police automobiles velocity. It could seem they do as a result of an ambulance, police automobile or fireplace vans will kick up loads of mud as they drive outdoors a delegated lane the place grime and particles accumulate. Emergency responders save time maneuvering by site visitors and after stopping, rigorously maneuvering by cease signal managed intersections and pink site visitors lights. Not quick driving.

The solely factor rushing by neighborhoods does, is guarantee when issues go fallacious they go very fallacious.

 

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Marilyn lets us know of an indication on U.S. 27 which incorrectly identifies county street 2197 as county street 2179.

Thank you Marilyn, it’s straightforward to grasp how this might occur, nevertheless indicators with a cardinal message absolutely have to be correct. Both indicators ought to now have the proper message. You show as soon as once more, not a lot will get by Street Sceners.

Philip Stuart (IMPAACT.org) is a retired Florida State Trooper, site visitors operations venture engineer and forensics knowledgeable witness. Send inquiries to crashsites@embarqmail.com.

 

 

 

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