'Hill Airforce Drag Strip' presents unsafe conditions

Monday , January 14, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Cathleen Mason

Editor,

Regarding the Jan. 13 article, “Official: UDOT working to reduce deaths on state’s roads,” I think they are doing a wonderful job, but I don’t understand what is going on with the Highway Patrol. For years I have driven from Ogden to Salt Lake at various times. There is, what I call, the “Hill Airforce Drag Strip” on I-15 going North and South between the Roy exit and Kaysville. I see the Highway Patrol in numerous places (up to four in one spot at the Ogden 31st Street off-ramp) before and after this section, but only occasionally see them in this section of the highway.

This article proves that Davis County on I-15 has more deaths (15), than other parts of the freeway, yet they get less patrolled. I have spoken and written letters to the local police department, that was extremely helpful and courteous and responsive (especially the Roy Chief of police, who called me at my home the next day at 7:30 a.m.). All chiefs of police directed me to the highway patrol.

I have sent a letter (via the Roy Police Department) and have called twice, but have yet to receive any explanation as to why the highway patrol does not frequent (and ticket) this unsafe and documented deadly part of our main highway.

I always feel unsafe driving this section and the speed, I can clock it, goes up and becomes dangerous in this spot. It’s a literal drag strip for me. I find that if I go over the speed limit, I can still be run off the road. Some go at least 90 mph.

Has anyone else have a similar experience? I guess the next step they’ll tell me to do is to call my congressman.

Cathleen Mason

Pleasant View

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