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Speed Humps and NIMBYism

November 26, 2000

Speed humps ("Cruise Controls" by Marcie Geffner, Nov. 12) have always struck me as an example of NIMBYism. How many of the people who live on such streets are also the cut-through drivers and residential speeders in other areas? It takes one to know one.

Still, humps also seem too frequently to be a violation of the spirit of the anti-speed-trap law. State law and traffic surveys mandate a 25 mph limit on a particular street, so the local authorities install humps that force traffic to nearly stop. I've nearly rear-ended drivers who stopped without warning in the middle of a block, and I was driving at or below 25 mph. If I ever am unfortunate enough to hit one, I'll certainly consider including the city in my suit.

DAVE CLOSE

Costa Mesa

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