Poulsbo’s affliction with motorists who are in such a hurry they view red lights as an annoyance rather than a safety measure to prevent a daily demolition derby might be getting a quick remedy.
For years, “red light running” has been a regular exercise along State Route 305, forcing those with the green light to look both ways before crossing the street lest they be struck by one of more speeding vehicles. While very few among us is not guilty of making a dash for an “orange” light, there are some for whom it has become habitual.
A few years ago, one motorist running a red was somewhat rare at most intersections. Now, it seems like there are two or three drivers willing to try their luck at stoplights — busy or otherwise — on a regular basis.
To combat this virus of a trend, Poulsbo is reviewing whether or not to install cameras that would catch such motorists in the act.
Not a bad idea but to think that only those commuting through Poulsbo are those running said lights is quite an assumption. More than likely, the commuters in this case include none other than city residents, too.
It happened in Hansville recently as folks there made the push to slow drivers to a snail’s pace along major thoroughfares, and found tickets given by sheriff’s deputies indicated that the vast majority of speeders were from the community itself. So, there’s no reason to believe motorists in Little Norway are angelic behind the wheel just because they’re on their own turf.
That said, if the city really wants to tackle traffic problems, it might want to begin doing so by clearly stating the rules of the road at that backwards five-way stop on Front Street and Jensen Way.
Does anyone behind the wheel know what’s going on at that apparent free-for-all?
If downtown is indeed the heart of Poulsbo, that intersection’s is a clogged aorta. While the Front Street corner isn’t as busy as say 305 and Bond, maybe a special traffic cam should be installed there just to show future driver’s ed students what not to do.