Friday, February 4, 2011

Unbelievable: Citizen creates 8 page traffic improvement plan, gets accused of practicing engineering without a license

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It would seem you can't do anything without a government license anymore. A citizen, David N. Cox, and his neighbors are lobbying city and state officials to add traffic signals at two intersections as part of a planned road widening. He performed an extensive eight page study with recommendations. The chief traffic engineer for the state DOT reacted by calling for Mr. Cox to be investigated for practicing engineering without a license. The nanny state strikes again.

The News Observer reported:
The eight-page document with maps, diagrams and traffic projections was offered to buttress their contention that signals will be needed at the Falls of Neuse at Coolmore Drive intersection and where the road meets Tabriz Point / Lake Villa Way.

It did not persuade Kevin Lacy, chief traffic engineer for the state DOT, to change his mind about the project. Instead, Lacy called on a state licensing agency, the N.C. Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, to investigate Cox.

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