Elkton Man Voices Concerns About Speeding

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ELKTON, Va.---An Elkton man is concerned about the safety of neighbors because of speeding on a nearby road.

Rick VanNest said drivers go as fast as 45 miles per hour on Shenandoah Avenue.

"Right there is 25 miles an hour and when they actually go by they're just flying," said VanNest.

This is a highly traveled road during rush hour, according to VanNest.

"They can bypass Elkton to get to 33 so it's like a shortcut, you don't have to go through the traffic lights in the town of Elkton," said VanNest.

He said kids and pets play near Shenandoah Avenue often. He fears one day, they will cross the street without looking at traffic and get hurt.

"If you're going the speed limit, you can be aware of things. You can slow down and break instead of running over an animal or and infant," said VanNest.

He said Elkton Police officers usually monitor speeds in this area.

"When people see them, they slow down, but when they come pass the railroad tracks, they just gas and go. It's almost like East Side Highway speedway," said VanNest.

However, he said with a tight budget, police cannot always be around.

"You only can have so many people at so many times," said VanNest.

He said the speed limit used to be 35 miles per hour but it was reduced to 25 miles per hour. He wants to create awareness before a tragedy happens.

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