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Speeders through Lawrence causing problems


This intersection in Lawrence where the main Lawrence Road and the South Loop-Tin Can Alley meet is a problem intersection where several accidents have occurred. A four way stop will be installed as soon as possible to slow down the cars in the area.

The dilemma of speeders has surfaced again in Emery County. Huntington City Council recently addressed the issue and the issue came before the Emery County commissioners with discussion on the speeders through Lawrence.

Emery County Sheriff LaMar Guymon said the sheriff's office has received many complaints on speeders through the Main Street in Lawrence and surrounding county roads. Sheriff Guymon has visited with several Lawrence residents to determine a plan of action. Patrolmen will frequent the communities of Lawrence, Clawson and Orangeville on a regular basis to try to get the problem under control. Sheriff Guymon said, "We have also asked for increased surveillance by the Utah Highway Patrol for SR-10 and SR-31.

Additional speed limit signs will also be added to the area to make people aware of the proper speed limit. Another solution discussed was the installation of a four way stop at the problem intersection. South Lawrence Loop and Tin Can Alley, Lawrence Road, the main street through Lawrence will see four-way stop signs. The added two stop signs will be installed just as soon as the Emery County road department can get it done.

Commissioner Gary Kofford thought the idea of a four-way stop a good way to get people to slow down. Forty-five miles an hour through the residential area of Lawrence is too fast. Other communities have a 25 mph speed limit through residential areas and 35 mph on the Main Street.

Sheriff Guymon said, "The safety of the people in our communities is at risk. Something needs to be done. People will soon forget that a young child was killed on a bike recently and the speeding will continue until the next accident or fatality. People need to get it into their minds to slow down and be watchful for other vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. We are trying to make our communities safer, but it will take everyone working together, not just the sheriff's office. We need to police ourselves and obey all traffic rules and regulations. By doing that we can all work together for safer communities."

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