Changing city’s traffic patterns will have little impact on safety


In the interest of traffic safety, changing traffic patterns will have little effect on safety for drivers or pedestrians. In fact, it will just introduce more confusion, in lieu of already established rules of the road.

Speaking of which, the primary problem with traffic safety is the failure of Americans to obey these established rules. Which brings me to the following observations:

The 300 block of South Main Street has no speed limit sign. This block is a drag strip at all hours of the day. There is a preschool on the block. There are hundreds of children walking to school, and yet, it is not a school zone with a 15 mph limit (there is a school zone out on Lewis where there is a preschool with very little traffic). There are no crossing guards at the very dangerous four-way intersection, while there is a guard at the one-way intersection a block away. Drivers disregard the stop signs at this four-way intersection routinely. At all hours of the day. These problems, in the interest of safety, should be resolved.

Money should be spent in establishing a consistent application of stop signs throughout town, rather than leaving drivers to try to remember the rules or worse, guess or pay no attention. Adding stop lights on Park Street will exacerbate existing problems; There exists no sychronization of the 5th Street and 7th Street lights, on Park Street and traffic is stopped at 5th Street on Park, while a train is crossing 5th Street and the light is green for 5th Street crossing Park.

The most effective method of improving traffic safety is to enforce the established rules of the road. Other communiteis in Montana have acknowledged this and are addressing the situation. Perhaps the good commissioners of Livingston could follow suit?

Safety? Why in God’s name are diesel vehicles allowed to idle for ten to twenty minutes on Main Street, in all weather in addition fo Mr. Buffett’s diesel engines idling incessantly.

These are a few of the issues that must be addressed in any observant and reasonable consideration of traffic and public safety in Livingston, changing the direction of traffic flow will prove to be ineffective. An application of reasonable and prudent common sense will go a long way to improving the quality of life in Livingston, by enforcing the rules of the road.

Dennis M. Doyle