Stop! Please Stop!

Whitehouse Drive resident discovers sometimes all you have to do is ask


Turns out, all Jack Leach had to do to get a stop sign was ask.

After the latest in series of close calls with cars on Whitehouse Drive near the Nicklaus Drive intersection, Leach and several other homeowners took their case to the town council.

They maintained that a hill plus a half-blind curve leading up to the intersection produced a lot of scary speeders.

Only problem was, the street didn't carry enough traffic to justify a stop sign under the conventional measurements, according to Town Engineer LaRon Garrett.

But that didn't impress Leach, a Vietnam vet with a low threshold when it comes to people trying to kill him -- on purpose or otherwise.

"We've had eight people almost hit by cars and that's not to mention kids we've had close calls with. They come around that corner doing 40 miles an hour," said Leach at last week's Payson council meeting.

He noted that one car came uncomfortably close to mowing him down recently.

"I'd hate to think after all I went through in Vietnam, I'd get killed going down to pick up the mail."

Police Chief Don Engler said the police have put extra patrols in the area and even parked a patrol car on the approach to the intersection, but that the extra patrols produced "no lasting effects" despite a number of citations.

Councilor John Wilson suggested a traffic hump, once Garrett pointed out the street didn't carry enough traffic to warrant a stop sign under the normal criteria.

However, Garrett noted that the town code would require the homeowners to pay the cost of a speed-slowing traffic hump.

The council didn't like that idea.

"It's a traffic safety more than a traffic volume issue," observed Mayor Bob Edwards.

Ultimately, the council decided to ignore the normal criteria and unanimously approved an extra stop sign.

So any time now, Jack Leach can resume picking up his mail in perfect confidence.

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