Speed, not deer, the real hazard
- There are legitimate traffic safety concerns at Governors Club not being addressed, but reducing the deer population should be far down the priority list.
The Feb. 28 Chapel Hill News included a letter from a Governors Club resident that stated that deer pose a safety issue in that community. While automobile accidents involving deer can occur within GC as on almost any road in the Triangle, excessive vehicle speed primarily determines if an accident with a deer will occur and if so how severe it will be.
All streets within GC have a posted speed limit of 25 mph, which many residents, visitors and contractors regularly violate. During January 2009 an independent study of GC vehicles speed was conducted and demonstrated that 44 percent exceeded the limit by more than 10 mph and 9 percent by 15 mph. Interestingly this study was conducted exclusively during peak deer activity times, i.e. morning and evenings.
While excessive speed has been a longstanding problem at Governors Club, the Property Owners Association has failed to take any significant action other than to install a few scattered speed bumps and occasionally a traffic speed monitor and warning sign. Interestingly, the report by the Ad Hoc Deer Committee specifically recommended, "Enforce immediately the current speed limit which is consistent with minimization of deer accidents." To date the POA has done nothing to implement this recommendation but rather has focused on initiating an unnecessary deer hunt that further endangers its residents' safety. Speeding continues unabated within the GC gates.
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