How To Stop Speeders In Your Neighborhood
DAVIDSON, NC- Cars speed through neighborhoods, but families trying to stop it are hitting major roadblocks.
"Whenever I'm riding my scooter or my sister's bike, there's cars that are literally flying so fast through here," said 12 year-old Adrienne Fowler.
Adrienne and her five siblings see it first-hand. The fowler family says speeding in their Davidson neighborhood is a huge problem. That's why some neighbors
"We're going to need 75 percent signatures from each street,” said Stacey Gorham, a neighbor of Farm at River Pointe.
Gorham and other neighbors are going door-to-door to get signatures. It's one step in what they call a long process to get the speed limit lowered to 25 miles per hour.
"This is an issue for the entire state. I keep reminding my neighbors that this isn't just happening in our neighborhood," said Gorham
In neighborhoods where there are no speed limits posted, state regulations says the default speed is 35 mph.
"Ultimately, it needs to be change legislatively. We need a residential speed law so that when it's not posted, it's assumed at a lower speed than 35," said Gorham.
According to the City of Kannapolis, after an application is submitted and petition is complete, Public Works monitors for speed limit violations and identify the need.
"When the kids are running after a ball or one of the dogs gets out and the car comes and is speeding by. God forbid they might actually hit someone or hurt someone," said Alfonso Auz, a Davidson resident.
With no speed signs posted, neighbors say its hard for officers to enforce.
"He [officer] says the problem is that everyone is going within the speed limit... 30 to 40 and he can't really do much about it," said Gorham.
So, now neighbors are hoping to make a change.
A speed reduction investigation in charlotte takes about 30 days. It starts after a letter of support from the neighborhood association is submitted or 60 percent of the impact area signs a petition.
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