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Rocky Road

July 30, 2001

Re "Short-Circuiting Traffic Shortcuts," July 24: As the owner of a 1956 Packard, I have a problem with speed bumps, humps and tables. Simply put, I should not have to put my car at risk to drive on a public road. No matter how carefully and slowly you drive over them, a car with a long wheelbase or low ground clearance can rebound and bottom or scrape. Hit one at the wrong speed or angle and you may just knock out your car's wheel alignment and damage its suspension.

The larger issue is liability. These "traffic calming" contrivances are like driving over railroad tracks or up a curb. Who is responsible if they damage my car?

Richard Deight

Buena Park

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