By S.T. As a resident of Lakewood for the last 25 years, I have witnessed the population explosion first hand. A drive across town took just a few minutes and I encountered very few traffic lights. The wait time by a stop sign was minimal-even at peak rush hours. Today, my driving experiences have dramatically changed.
A drive across town, especially at busy hours, can be very time consuming. I try to drive only down the streets that have traffic lights, as the waits by stop signs are very time consuming and irritating, which brings me to my point.
With the amount of traffic we have on an average day in Lakewood, stop signs should be replaced by traffic lights. People waiting by a stop sign for a significant amount of time will be very likely to lose patience and attempt a dangerous cross or turn. It is also more likely for a driver to overlook a stop sign- especially if he has just passed several streets with traffic lights- his eyes are adjusted to looking ahead- not to the sides. I do not make these statements as excuses- as drivers must be fully alert and aware when driving, however I strongly feel that each stop sign is a disaster waiting to happen.
The town should strongly consider replacing each stop sign with a traffic light to keep our residents safe, and the driving conditions more pleasant.