Blanco needs a pace car program. Many residents of the town have complained about the speed of traffic, especially along 281 and 1623 (4th Street). One resident even followed a speeding driver into El Charro to remind him of the proper mph in town only to be told that “These hillbillies are so stupid around here they couldn’t read a radar gun if they had one.” (Blanco County News July 14, 2011).
How many of us are routinely passed by speeding vehicles endangering the pedestrians and bicyclists in our town? We can take action that won’t give our over-extended law enforcement officers more work.
The pace car program puts the power in the citizens’ hands. What this program requires is drivers sign a pledge to drive no faster than the posted speed limit. Easy and simple! The vehicle gets a small decal designating it as a pace car; that alone should cause people to slow down wondering what that dirty old pick-up is doing with a pace car sticker. If we are all driving no faster than the posted speed limit, those “out-of-towners” will have to slow down behind us.
This program has worked in our nation’s capital where it was implemented to reduce speeding in school zones. Something good can come out of Washington. Let’s set the pace for a higher standard of driving in our city limits.