To the editor:

Living on a lake means heavy Summer traffic.  Kids on bikes, people on horseback, people walking dogs, ATV's, and people driving in a hurry - sometimes after drinking.  Thankfully, the General Assembly passed a law a few years ago limiting speed on unmarked gravel roads to 35 mph instead of 55 mph.  Unfortunately, they've done a pitiful job of getting the word out.

A few months ago, my family narrowly dodged a speeding car while checking the mailbox.  The next day I contacted VDOT asking them to mark the speed limit or post a child warning sign.  They stonewalled me, other than sending me to the County Board of Supervisors. I went down their rabbit hole and got the signs approved after agreeing to pay half.  Ben Farmer was very helpful.  Today VDOT visited to abort the project, claiming the signs are for neighborhoods only although they are already marked at 25 mph.  I was told the speed limit couldn't be addressed because the traffic volume was under 400 cars per day.  Essentially, we rural residents would be liable for an equal rate of tax but not equal protection or service.

I write the editor to alert my neighbors that we have been hung out to dry, and notify involved parties that our communications have been preserved for when the inevitable happens.  

Jason Ball


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