Opinion

County has responded to speeding complaints

speeding complaints A letter to the editor by two Woodinville residents in last week's paper brought up the issue of speeders and mail box vandalism along Mink Road.
   The writers were concerned about King County response to these problems in our community.
   First, let me say that the individuals who wrote the "letter to the editor" made one contact with my office, on Nov. 3, 1995. We have no record of any other phone or written contact.
   The issue of the constituent who called was gravel trucks cutting through Mink Road at excessive speed. We refer these problems to King County Police, and indeed, there are five different neighborhood complaints on record for traffic problems, but only one was about construction-type vehicles.
   All the complaints were related to the a.m. and p.m. rush hour commute. Although the letter writers imply they have had no response from either our office for the King County Police, our records show that police have responded to each complaint and have monitored Mink Road.
   There is no record that the letter writers ever complained to police about excessive speed or vandalism to mail boxes.
   The result of our increased patrols during 1995 has been 19 tickets written for speeding. Twelve of those tickets were issued to residents of Mink Road.
   The police officers located near Tuscany, referred to by the letter, are "off-duty" officers hired to monitor safety and traffic for the Avondale construction project.
   We have reviewed the police report of the fatal accident which occurred on July 10, 1995 at 5 a.m. It was not related to speed, but in fact was the result of an alcohol-impaired driver who overshot the stop sign at Mink Road and Woodinville-Duvall Road and hit the victim's truck at mid-span.
   We are asking traffic safety to review posted speeds on Mink Road to assess if a change will help. We'll also investigate improved signage to further identify the residential character of the road.
   We will continue police patrols when needed and we ask that vandalism to mail boxes be reported to the U.S. Post Office and county police. It would help police and postal officials if anyone who has information on these acts of vandalism could give factual assistance.
   Major Beard, from the North Precinct, says the vandalism of mail boxes is a county-wide problem in the rural areas of King County and is difficult to solve, so any details neighbors have would help in solving these random and disturbing acts of vandalism.

Louise Miller, Vice Chair, King County Council