I'd like to respond to the letter to the editor by Steven Howard [“Cash Cow at 60 mph,” Oct. 27 Xpress] in regard to the speeding which takes place on Brevard Road and how Asheville might benefit from … enforcing the speed limit [and collecting] the revenue generated by tickets given.
I agree with Mr. Howard. I have lived here for four years now. I have repeatedly read about how Asheville needs revenue. I have also witnessed numerous drivers speeding and committing questionable decisions when behind the wheel. I have seen countless accidents in only four years! I just witnessed a hit and run, in which an elderly gentleman was rear-ended by a car that then proceeded to race away — they just drove off at an accelerated speed. … Another driver … stopped, and I … called 911.
I live on a meandering country road which has clearly posted “35 mph” signs placed at intervals. People drive by at what seems to be at least 55, if not 60, mph. I have lived in the location for less than three months, and my neighbor's cat was hit and killed within that time frame. I have tire marks on my lawn near the road where people constantly "cut the corner" to avoid slowing down. It seems to me that, not only is speeding an issue, but also the general courtesy toward other drivers, not to mention our city and planet. Maybe if we had more police involvement and enforcement on our roads people would think twice before driving like maniacs, failing to use the tools at hand (like turn signals) and littering. And we might actually create some money by issuing tickets.
I think if that happens, then everyone wins.
— Jennifer Wager