A Mentone man said Tuesday, in light of recent traffic accidents that have occurred in the area, he will continue his efforts to get speed limits lowered throughout the town.

Slate McDorman said he’s been trying to get those limits lowered since 2005 and has circulated a petition asking the state to consider doing so. He said the petition now holds about 1,300 signatures from residents and visitors.

“There have just been so many wrecks in the area. A lot of people would like to see the speed limits lowered,” he said.

The petition asks for the speed limit to be lowered from 45 mph to 35 mph on Highway 117 from the Mentone Post Office to the town limits and from 35 mph to 25 mph from the top of the mountain on 117 to the post office, which would effectively lower the speed limit to 25 mph in the downtown area.

McDorman said petitions to lower speed limits have earlier been presented, at different times, to Gov. Bob Riley, officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation and other state agencies. McDorman said the petition is still in circulation, and can be viewed and signed at the Mentone Inn and at mentonealabama.com.

“Mentone is a tourist destination and we have a lot of camps here and a school,” McDorman said. “Both I and others just feel it would be safer if we could get the limit lowered.”

ALDOT officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Ft. Payne Times Journal