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Stop signs are ineffective means of controlling speed of traffic

To The Daily Sun,

I wish to thank the mayor and the City Council members for listening to my objections to the petition to erect a 3-way stop sign(s) at the corner of Summit Avenue and Wentworth Cove Road. To support my argument I have included the following portion of the Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia's content on stop sign uses in North America (verbatim). I have not included the references however, they can easily be found online.

"In North America stop signs are often used to control conflicting traffic movements at intersections which are not busy enough to justify the installation of a traffic signal or roundabout. In the United States, the stop sign is not intended for use as a traffic calming device;[6] it is meant to be installed mainly for safety and/or to assign right-of-way for a certain direction. Nevertheless, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, stop signs are commonly deployed as supposed safety measures in residential areas and near places where children play or walk (such as schoolyards), or which experience frequent automobile accidents, making extra precautions necessary. Stop signs may be erected on all intersecting roads, resulting in three- and four-way stops. benefits over the yield approach adopted in the countries listed above based on original European research dating back many decades.[9][10]

More recently, Georgia Traffic Engineer Martin Bretherton Jr. reviewed over 70 technical papers to find that multi-way stop signs do not typically control traffic speeds, and can create a variety of problems, including liability issues, traffic noise, pollution, enforcement problems and poor stop compliance when drivers feel that the signs have no justification. Fifteen studies found that unwarranted multi-way stops actually increased speed away from intersections as motorists try to make up lost time spent at "unnecessary" stop signs. Multi-way stop signs impose high vehicle operating costs, longer than needed travel times, excessive fuel consumption and increased vehicle emissions.[11]

Researchers also found that safety of pedestrians (especially small children) may sometimes be actually decreased. Pedestrians expect vehicles to stop, but many drivers run the "unnecessary" signs. Engine exhaust, brake, tire and aerodynamic noise may all increase as cars brake and then accelerate up to speed. While the initial cost of installing stop signs is low, enforcement costs can be prohibitive, and one 1990 study estimated extra travel costs per intersection as $210,061/year.[12] Finally, where unwarranted multi-way stops have been successfully removed with public support, results have included improved compliance at justified stop signs."

I believe this clearly supports my position and I pray the City Council will not approve the petition which in my mind would constitute the reckless application and misuse of two stop signs in a rural area that is sparsely populated with pedestrian traffic most of the year. The installation of stop signs should be reserved for intersections that present the risk of vehicular collisions. Since there is an existing stop sign at the end of Wentworth Cove Road at Summit Avenue, this is clearly not necessary.

I noted that the petitioner stated that all of the residents of Summit Avenue have signed the petition which is understandable because only two residents would need to stop at the new signs unlike all of the residents of Governors Island and Wentworth Cove Road who would be needlessly inconvenienced.

Robert Heinrich


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Many people to thank for another very successful LHS Alumni Reunion

To The Daily Sun,

The Committee for the Laconia High School Alumni Reunion would like to express our gratitude to Laconia School District administration, staff and, most importantly, the alumni who gave so wholeheartedly to insure that the fifth annual Alumni Reunion was a success. Specifically, we thank the Laconia School Board whose endorsement was so important, LHS Facilities Manager Steve Dalzell and his staff and Jack Aldrich and his students of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center. Special thanks to Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation for promoting this event that raises funds for the alumni scholarship that two LHS seniors receive each year.

We would also like to especially thank the Laconia Citizen for making our annual alumni publication a reality. We hope to build on this in the years to come to make it a wonderful keepsake of the event.

We thank the generations of alumni who came to Laconia High School to renew friendships, to exchange memories, especially the Class of 1965 and 1975 for hosting the after-parade reception on the lower field. The Class of 1982 has started a tradition this year of hosting a tailgate party complete with a tasty spread before the homecoming game. We hope that other classes will make this a tradition as well. We were also excited to have LHS Band Alumni participate in the parade and know that their attendance will grow each year.

Special thanks to Warren Mitchell, who organized the amazing parade of classic cars that seems to grow each year for our alumni to ride in. Car owners included Kurt Anderson, Steve Weeks, Jim Wallace, Don and Casey Haddock, Larry Guild, Richard Hall, Raymond Poulin, Tim Bartlett, Tara Columb, Carroll and Sandy Stafford, Jonathan James, Don Minor, Roger Landry, John Morrison Jr., Steve Taber, Tom Joslin, Jim Murphy, Allen Gauthier, Jon Hildreth and Warren Mitchell. We apologize if we missed anyone but the classic car parade seems to grow every year! Gert Gilman, Class of 1933, was our senior alumni at the young age of 100 and we were thrilled to have her join us again this year in the celebration. We think that alumni who attended had a great time reconnecting.

On behalf of the alumni, we thank our parents for their insight in supporting us when in school, thank our teachers who challenged us, taught us, and set out dreams and goals to be sought. We know full well that those buildings at 345 Union Ave. have long brought forth a group of citizens who, for some, gave the ultimate commitment so that public education would be available for generations to come, brought forth citizens who made a difference in their nation, their states, their communities, and in the neighbors, in their families, and, yes, in their school systems.

As an alumni committee, grateful and committed to public education, we thank you and hope that next year we can meet again.

Laconia High School Alumni Committee
James Carroll
Kaitlyn Salome
Joan Cormier
Stacie Sirois
Mandy Sliver

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