Neighbors in the Belmont Estates Think Speeding Still an Issue

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- Nearly eight months after a deadly accident in the Belmont Estates community, neighbors think speeding is still a problem. A VDOT study said there's no need for speed humps.

Neighbors in the area said they have seen an improvement since the accident. They still see many speeding cars going through the main streets of the Belmont Estates. They said not enough is being done.

Belmont Estates is a peaceful neighborhood. Most neighbors keep to themselves. Many can agree speeders run through the neighborhood, mainly on Nutmeg Court.

"Really the chance to change things in terms of traffic patterns would be to install something like speed bumps," said Neighbor Steve Kemp.

Speed limit signs are posted around the neighborhood reminding drivers to slow down. The extra fine of $200 is clear for those who don't follow.

"The speed limit is 25 but you can see somebody going 35 on there probably everyday," said Kemp.

Among the speed signs is the memorial for 19-month-old Kate Beagle who passed away.

"We gotta feel safe just walking out the front door that we don't have to worry about this," said Neighbor Dusty Williamson.

Other neighbors said that there have been fender benders and drivers drifting into yards when coming around the curve on Nutmeg Court. Neighbors also said that traffic picks up when people are going to and from work. They would like to see a Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputy make patrols in the area.

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