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Letter: Enforce Long Beach's existing traffic laws

A view of the Long Beach boardwalk near

A view of the Long Beach boardwalk near Lincoln Boulevard on Monday, March 9, 2015. The City of Long Beach is planning to use FEMA funds to build six new buildings along the boardwalk by this summer. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

I had to laugh after reading "Slow in the city" [News, March 30], about Long Beach reducing speed limits and adjusting lights to improve safety. It notes an excessive number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

I visit relatives there, and I always consider driving in Long Beach to be the most dangerous part of my trip. If city leaders insisted on enforcement of existing laws, they could -- easily and cheaply -- save themselves money and improve safety. If they stopped pedestrians from running out from between cars, and got police to get rid of double-parked cars, they might avoid a few hospitalizations of pedestrians and cyclists. But, of course, the roads would be less exciting to drive!

Ward Deutschman, Mount Sinai

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