We are new residents of Sun City, having retired and moved here from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March of this year.
I was in law enforcement for 49 years. We live on West Peoria Avenue, but it should more accurately be called West Peoria Speedway. The posted speed limit is 25 mph. Few, if any, drivers obey that limit. The majority travel at about 30 mph or just slightly more, and I have no problem with that. However, I observe too many in excess of 40 mph, and quite a few driving 50 mph or more.
People will drive at a speed they consider safe, even though it may not actually be safe for them, the surrounding traffic or the neighborhoods through which they pass. They consider themselves good drivers, but they are, in fact, the root cause of serious, life-altering accidents. My experience shows that it is a matter of when, not if, a car will run into a house either on my street or another through street in the Sun Cities.
I wrote not one but two letters to the sheriff of Maricopa County about the problem. To the best of my knowledge, there was no follow-up action on his part. I never even received the courtesy of an acknowledgement or answer to either of my letters. I can only conclude from his silence and inaction that he simply doesn’t care. I will remember that when he asks for my vote and will actively work against his re-election.
I am sure the Sun City Home Owners Association officials are aware of the problem and have attempted to deal with it in the past. I will be happy to assist them in any way I can through counsel and action.
Burglaries and robberies are serious felonies that law enforcement must address. At the same time, however, 40,000-plus people will not die in burglaries and robberies this year. They will on the roadways. The problem is more urgent than most people realize.