In response to Eric Reisfed's letter {Maryland Weekly, Sept. 10}, wherein he complained about being nailed for doing 37 mph in a 25-mph zone on Plyers Mill Road, I say bravo for the police. Mr. Reisfed got what he deserved. I am glad to see that the county mounties are trying to address the speeding problem somewhere in the Wheaton area.

Mr. Reisfed and his ilk cannot seem to understand that speed limits in residential areas are based on more than just the convenience of the motorist. One has to include the safety of pedestrians, kids on bicycles, etc. Too many neighborhood streets are viewed by drivers as extensions of the Beltway.

That said, I went and toured the area in question. Here are a few of my observations:

1) Mr. Reisfed is right: almost no one, including the county Ride-On buses, observes the posted speed limit.

2) If a 30-mph limit is appropriate for narrow Strathmore through Garrett Park, then it is probably appropriate for Plyers Mill Road also.

3) The signs posting the speed limit leave something to be desired. The one westbound at Georgia Avenue is too close to the corner to be noticed. Most of the others between Georgia and Connecticut are too inconspicuous.

4) There are some crazies along this stretch who are in such a hurry that they cross the double yellow line and pass you if you are doing less than 30 mph.

I differ with Mr. Reisfed about the police enforcement effort, however. Rather than paying too much attention to detail, I don't think the police spend enough time making the streets safe. Monthly enforcement on Plyers Mill Road doesn't seem to have slowed things down much.

On Connecticut Avenue between University and Randolph, or in the off hours on Rockville Pike between Nicholson and the Beltway, most travel at 50-plus mph in a 40-mph zone. But on Connecticut, for instance, I do not recall seeing more than a dozen or so patrol cars and one radar setup in the last 12 years.

In an ideal world, people would read and gladly heed the signs meant to make the roads safe. Until that day arrives, we need more emphasis on enforcement. ROBERT J. HARRIS Kensington