To the editor:

I want to say thanks to the Virginia State Police and Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office for stepping up their patrols on Route 41 from the city limits to Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and beyond in an effort to catch speeders. The increased coverage is very much appreciated.

As a resident of the Mt. Hermon community, I travel this very busy roadway daily, sometimes several times a day, and see many drivers frequently ignoring the posted 45 mph speed limit. While I'm driving the speed limit, these drivers pass me as if I'm backing up, seemingly having no regard whatsoever for the speed limit.

The worst example I've seen is early during the morning commute between the hours of 6:30 a.m. through about 8:30 a.m. This heavily traveled roadway has already had more than it's share of accidents, some very serious.

This blatant disregard for the speed limit has to stop and the sooner the better for all of us. These drivers need to slow down, adhere to the posted speed limit, and help make this stretch of road as safe as possible for safety's sake! I hope the officers will keep it up and even afford the manpower to increase their patrols on this busy stretch of roadway.

Daryl Rigney


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