While skiing in New York, I was notified by my father about the accident reported in the Berkshire Eagle and North Adams Transcript yesterday. We live a half-mile from the sharp bend (S-curve) on Route 7 in South Williamstown, which runs over the Green River.

I would like to revisit the concept of speed bumps along both the straight-away and curved portion of the road.

Speed and changing road conditions make for a perilous mix in our neighborhood, and there have been numerous collisions (cars/cars, cars/bear, cars/deer) in our 20-year tenure.

Change is clearly needed. I propose a ballot addendum to require that speed bumps be fixed into the road to mandate slowdowns at critical "choke-points" in the Route 7 corridor. These include (but are not limited to) the descent from Mount Greylock Regional High School and at 300-yard intervals along the straightaways and 100-yard intervals around the South Williamstown curves.

Jon Krant, M.D., F.A.C.P.


Dec. 30