To the Editor,

A tragic automobile accident occurred on Halloween night on W. Wilson St., Banning, which resulted in the death of a 7th grade boy and injury to the driver.

A fitting memorial to the boy might be to lower the speed limit on W. Wilson St. between Sunset St. and 8th St. back the 35 mph it used to be a short while ago. Several years ago a two-car collision that happened about the same location, resulted in the death of man driving the car that was hit with great force. A result of this collision was that the speed limit was set to 35 mph. From then until now, no fatalities have occurred on that stretch of W. Wilson St. It seems peculiar that after so long a period of no fatalities, the speed limit was increased to 45 mph several months ago and then recently increased again to 50 mph.

Perhaps a review of the situation is in order with the predominant emphasis of safety for the people living in and the students attending the school in this area on W. Wilson St.

Richard and Marsa Rider, Banning

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ATC

The old 35mph speed limit was ridiculously slow for a 4 Lane road with unlimited visibility, and was actually used as a revenue source by ticketing vehicles driving just over that limit. The speed limit was increased to 45mph more than 6 years ago (not just recently) based on a legally required speed study. The recent increase to 50mph was also due to a speed study (required by law every 5 years). While the accident on Halloween was tragic, it was caused by a teenager not paying attention and going out into traffic, not by the speed limit. (This post is to correct typos in the above post, since the RG does not havea way to edit/correct comments).

ATC

The old 35moh speed limit was ridiculously show for a 4 Lane road with unlimited visibility, and was actually used as a revenue source by ticketing vehicles driving just over that limit. The died limit was increased to 45mph more than6 years ago (not just recently) based on a legally required speed study. The recent increase to 50mph was also due to a speed study (required by law every 5 years).

While the accident in Halloween was tragic, it was caused by a teenager not paying attention and going out into traffic, not by the speed limit.

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