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LETTER: Stop sign isn’t the answer

Published on November 27, 2017 4:51PM

Congratulations to all of the people who got their 4-way stop sign at the intersection of Feedville and South Edwards roads. Surely when an accident occurs at Feedville and Canal Road you can get another one there. Maybe Umatilla Road Department with no budget can put up 4-way stop signs at every intersection and stop grading and chip sealing roads.

The only thing wrong with the intersection at Feedville and South Edwards roads is that over half of the people are texting and driving, especially the young people; when they get to the stop sign, most stop, get done with their text messages, then go through the stop sign without even looking. I’m sure this has caused the accidents as frequently as “blowing” the stop signs.

I should know something about this intersection. I worked for the Umatilla County Road Department for 23 1/2 years, live on East Loop Road in Hermiston, and went through that intersection at least twice a day to get back and forth to my job in Pendleton.

Are we really to the point where we are going to slow commercial (farm) traffic down on Feedville Road to the point where it creates an economic loss to not only them but to all of us in the long run because some parents won’t stop their teens from texting and driving or no enforcement of the no texting law is happening? I sure hope not.

Gary Roberts



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