To the Editor:
People who choose to drive through neighborhoods must obey local speed limit signs. I live on Terhune Road between Thanet Circle and Meadowbrook Drive in Princeton and I see many motorists driving very fast past my house.
Terhune Road is a solidly residential street with children and pets. It is located in close proximity to the Princeton Shopping Center, near Thanet Road and North Harrison Street. This area has experienced explosive business growth and this brings heavy traffic. Terhune Road is densely populated and is used by many pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists. Motorists should not exceed the speed limit. Increased speeds can cause great harm.
According to traffic data in the New York Times (“City Expands 20 M.P.H. Zones Across More Neighborhoods,” July 11, 2012), a pedestrian hit by a car going 40 m.p.h. has only a 30 percent chance to survive. Those struck by a car at 30 m.p.h. survive 80 percent of the time. Those struck by a car at 20 m.p.h. survive about 95 percent of the time.
The No. 1 traffic killer is speed. Slow down. It will save lives.