Wednesday, January 29, 2014
To the Editor:
I hope that Mayor Collins will call for another vote on the I-26 tree removal at the February town council meeting. I attended the public hearing last week at Summerville High School and was inspired by the heavy turnout of people opposed to the tree removal. There were lots of ideas on ways the traffic accidents might be addressed.
The common denominator was that the trees were not the problem. The root cause of the problem is driver behavior, Many other parts of the country establish special zones where accidents are higher than normal and institute lowered speed limits and doubled penalties. Greater traffic enforcement must also be part of the solution. There were many other suggestions that can be reviewed in the meeting transcript.
The trees perform a valuable service by slowing runoff and mitigating the effects of highway pollution. Water goes either to the Ashley or the Edisto Rivers. They are both valuable resources in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Let’s try some other remedies before the trees are taken.