I am writing this letter in response to a recent article I read in the Friday, Sept. 22, edition of the Payson Roundup. The story covered a head-on collision, which resulted in the death of two local individuals. I can't help but think that ADOT shares some of the blame.
I understand that Mr. Casanova made a wrong turn, and drove south on the northbound lane causing the accident. Mrs. Stephenson was doing everything right. But, this is not the first time that I have heard of someone driving the wrong way on the Beeline.
I live south of Payson and know that people have entered the Beeline going the wrong direction from my subdivision. I went to check the area and see if there were enough obvious signs to direct drivers. I don't believe there are. There are two signs that say, "Do not enter." They are located too far back away from the stop sign for a driver to see, especially if he or she is new to the area. I think ADOT needs to place larger signs, flashing lights, or find something that will grab the attention of all drivers so this does not happen again. I feel sorry for both families. I hope something is done soon.
John C. Miles, RCMS eighth-grader