Sadly, traffic on County Road 702 has returned to the normal no-speed-control, go-as-fast-as-you-please pace – 60 mph to 80 mph – with the knowledge that there will be no consequences from any of the three law enforcement agencies charged with controlling traffic on that road.
For a short time just before the primary election, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department worked diligently to slow down the traffic in response to my many phone calls, media contacts and e-mails. Since the election there has been very little, if any, patrolling, and thus the speeding has returned to its normal pace. County Road 702, informally known as the Porter Lunsford Road, is the back road to the Phillips Gate to Fort Rucker and is therefore a major thoroughfare Monday through Friday from 5 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Not just cars, but also 18-wheelers, moving vans, fuel trucks, heavy equipment, and motorcycles, all traveling at any rate they choose, frequent the road.
To make this problem even more dangerous and an urgent personal problem for me, I have an autistic grandson living with me. He has a tendency to run and could easily run into the road with no sense of danger. On three separate occasions, I have witnessed cars passing my grandson’s stopped school bus.
So far, I have contacted all three law enforcement agencies: the Enterprise Police Department, the Alabama State Troopers office, and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. The Sheriff’s Department helped me until after the election, and their help was making a difference. The State Troopers are overworked, understaffed, and underfunded, yet show up once every two months or so. The Enterprise Police Department tells me I am out of their jurisdiction; however, the road is 3.2 miles long, and 1.3 miles of it are in the city limits. If they would patrol their part of it, it would make some difference. At this point, I feel abandoned by the law enforcement agencies.
I never dreamed that in Enterprise, Alabama, I would not be able to depend on local law enforcement to protect the citizens on this road. Instead, they allow those that misuse it on a daily basis to totally disregard our traffic laws. Those of you who are speeding on County Road 702, I implore you, for the sake of my grandson and every other resident, to slow down.
Brenda B. Stinson