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I am pleased the County Legislature recently held a Public Safety Committee meeting to address the series of tragic automobile crashes in the Town of North Collins. However, I am disappointed the town's Public Safety Committee was not asked to send a representative.

Our committee has been working to try to prevent such tragedies. Although many of us know the families who have lost loved ones, we view these accidents with empathy and objectivity.

In our discussions with the law-enforcement officers who investigate these crashes, there appears to be a common element -- excessive speed. Not a case of driving 60 in a 55-mph zone, but, in one case, speed in the range of 85 mph.

While it is clear that some sections of highway would benefit by improved traffic-control devices, one has to question what good this will do when there is such blatant disregard for the law.

We continually stresses the importance of engineering, enforcement and education. It is obvious from the article in The News that the Legislature has a grasp of the engineering aspect. However, there was no discussion on enforcing the speed limit or education. We need to crack down on speeders and teach people to respect the law and accept responsibility for their actions.

Gerard F. Edwards North Collins

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