Northwest NEWS

March 4, 2002

Editorial

What is the price of one life?

I am a concerned citizen and have lived here all of my life. I am in favor of a traffic circle at 124th and SR 203.
   I understand that the idea is to try to avoid traffic coming together in a head-on situation and the consequences of such. I am a survivor of that type of accident, and if a traffic circle saves only one life it will be worth the time, money and inconvenience that people claim it will cause.
   What is the price of one life? Are we not willing to be inconvenienced just to kill someone or watch them qualify for the Darwin Awards contest when they run the red light?
   Tell me that there isn't anybody out there who has not entered the intersection after the light has turned yellow, and how many of those saw it turn red as they cleared the intersection. Boy, will you ever be late to work and really inconvenienced if you are the one killed or even if you are in the backup waiting for the investigation.
   So I say give me a roundabout and I will queue up for a turn to pop around the thing a couple o'times and then I can tell the boss I was late because I wasn't smart enough to figure out how to get off the bloody thing.
   M. Norman, Duvall