Without a light, officers’ help it’s dangerous to exit church
If you’ve ever attended weekend Mass at St. Gabriel’s in Elma, you know how difficult it is to get out of the parking lot onto Clinton Street after services. Contrary to what our new pastor thinks, it is not the congregation in the lot that is the problem, it is the busy traffic on Clinton. Recently, the Sheriff’s Department has been fired and no longer controls the traffic.
Many senior citizens, myself included, attend Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Seniors do not have the same reflexes they had when they were young and cannot react quickly to fast-moving cars. Exiting the lot these last few weeks, I have noticed a lot of close calls.
A traffic light has recently been suggested. But over the last 20 years or so, we’ve been denied because it would be too close to the light on Transit Road. The collection revenue over a two-week period could cover the cost of the sheriff’s annual fee. Do we need for a tragedy to happen while waiting for a light? Is money more important than the safety of the people?