That’s the question that crossed my mind after reading Jack Poessiger‘s essay on Vince & Associates over-the-top holiday lighting display at 103rd and Metcalf in Overland Park.
The gaudy display been there for years and from the looks of it, seems to get bigger and brighter every year. Poessiger noted that he saw two near accidents in a couple day period while passing the display recently.
The Overland Park Police Department’s take?
“I know it very well,” says OPPD public information officer Gary Mason. “Off hand I don’t think we’ve had many accidents at that location and they have a sign directing people to park across the street at a church parking lot. But we really haven’t had many complaints. It’s been around for several years, so most people must think it’s kind of a positive thing.”
However, when traveling at 45 miles-per-hour, it only takes seconds before you’ve passed the display. Which is exactly why I and other motorists do this to try and take it all in.
Therein lies the problem.
“It’s one of the busiest intersections in the city,” Mason advises. “So there’s going to be accidents there. And it’s always dangerous when you’re changing your channel. I think it’s (definitely) a distraction, but as a driver, people have to be responsible for what you do behind the wheel.”
Put another way, just ignore it – or at least try to.
And be advised, there is a police monitored traffic camera at that intersection that can be used to determine the cause of accidents.