Please help us avoid an accident


I’m taking this road so as to spare myself from the frustration of having to deal with the proverbial “red tape” of government bureaucracy. I write with the hope that one of your many readers might know someone (who knows someone?) who can actually address this issue. I’m referring to the road the runs through the middle of the old abandoned nuisance once called the La Fiesta Mall leading to As Matuis. First, there is that obnoxious speed bump that is not built to the standard specifications required for speed bumps. In fact, it’s almost like running into a side curb. This puts undue wear and tear on vehicles, not to mention the stress on motorists.

Second, as you proceed on that very same road toward As Matuis for say, 200 yards, you suddenly encounter a wicked twist in the road, literally. At some point as you approach that twist in the road you will notice that you and the car coming from the opposite direction are on a collision course. It’s like someone were playing some sick joke on you. When two vehicles come upon that twist in the road at the same time, drivers need some serious navigational skills to escape serious injuries. Mind you, this radical maneuver has to be executed in two seconds flat and with the precision of a fighter pilot. The problem is further compounded by the fact that the road appears to be narrower at the point where the twist is. It almost appears to be motivated by malicious intent if you ask me. Keep in mind that drivers descending from the steep incline are being influenced by the force of the elevation drop itself. Needless to say, it’s an accident waiting to happen.

These problems are serious, have existed for decades now and do not require much resources to fix. The ball is in your court. Try not to drop it.

Jose C. Mafnas
As Matuis, Saipan

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