I was distressed to read of the road safety concerns on Center Street in Apex in the Jan. 15 article, “Accident prompts parking ban.” It is always unsettling to learn of preventable traffic safety accidents, especially those involving children.
However, I was most disturbed to read of the flippant attitudes toward this safety issue by some of our town council members. “You can’t legislate stupid,” Apex council member Bill Jensen is quoted as saying.
As an epidemiology researcher who studies motor vehicle crashes, I know firsthand the tremendous burden of mortality and morbidity associated with traffic accidents. I also know just how preventable a majority of these accidents and injuries are, especially when children are involved.
Thankfully, the town council voted unanimously to approve the parking ban necessary to keep the public safe. But I do wish the town council had chosen to highlight the importance of public safety, rather than the angry few who would be at most, inconvenienced.
I think the church pastor said it best. “I’m not concerned if it takes them an extra five or 10 minutes to get home. I’m concerned that they might get hit.”