Neighbors are Concerned about Speeders

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

STAUNTON -- Robertson Street is a quiet road near Bessie Weller Elementary School causing a commotion among the nearby neighbors. Neighbors said it is used as a cut-through for parents to get to a nearby school.

Michelle Wynn lives in the neighborhood and spends a lot of time on the porch at her best friend's house.

"Her grandson is over here daily. He's autistic. Sometimes, he'll wander outside of this gate. We have concerns of people speeding down this street. We have handicapped signs that the city has posted up for Tyler," said Wynn.

Neighbors complain that these signs have no effect on drivers.

"Our main concern is the safety of not just Tyler, but the other kids around this neighborhood."

Sarah Roberson is the administrator to the Sears Hill Community Facebook page, where complaints were just posted last week. Roberson said police have been cooperative and brought a speed monitor onto the road.

"It was there for one day, one day, not even 24 hours," said Roberson.

Wynn said she thinks it should have been in place for at least a week. After checking the monitor, police decided there weren't enough people speeding to put an officer on the road.

"Our definition of something to be concerned about and their definition, doesn't match up."

Wynn thinks they should at least reduce the speed limit.

"Because when I'm driving and I look at my speedometer, to me 25 seems fast on these roads," said Wynn.

With cars parked on both sides of the tight street, you can't see kids in front or behind cars.

So far, these neighbors have been lucky.

"It doesn't take the fear away just because something hasn't happened. And it would be a shame for something to happen in order for some changes to be made."

There are crossing guards on Hampton and Gay streets that report any cars they think could be dangerous.

Roberson said she's talked with members of the school board.She is hoping to expand the school zone to get the speed limit reduced, but she said that could take a long time.

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