Speeders could face additional fines in Henrico

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The initiative is already at work in some places and now speeders could face big fines on dozens of Henrico roads. Earlier this month we told you about increased penalties in one neighborhood. Now, the county is studying roads near Bryan Park.

There are 47 streets where residents can face that additional $200 fine. Engineers are using equipment to figure out if those penalties are necessary on Stoneleigh Road. You'll also find these speed tubes on the two parallel roads drivers use to cut over to Lakeside Avenue.

Mario Rivadeneira has had some pretty close calls when walking his dog on Westlake Avenue.

"Some dogs tend to chase squirrels or cats and the cars are driving very fast, he almost got hit by a car," said Rivadeneira.

The story sounds familiar to the ones we heard on Thamesford Way just before the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved a $200 fine increase for speeding on the Short Pump road. The signs went up before noon the day after our story aired.

"You can drive down the street and as people see the signs they put their brakes on," said resident Micky Ogburn.

With the traffic calming initiative, the county is hitting speeders where it hurts. If you're driving 40 miles per hour, that's five dollars for every mile over the speed limit, plus court fees. That brings the grand total to $141. That total becomes almost $350 worth of fines with that new fee.

"We're thinking about it. As you get in the neighborhood, the sign is so close to the entrance of the neighborhood, it is really the first thing you think about. You look at your speedometer and you make sure," said Ogburn.

If you're finding drivers are pushing the pedals a little too hard in your neighborhood the county wants to know. You can apply for the initiative online. That's what brought engineers out to study Stoneleigh Road, Mowbray Avenue and Westlake Avenue near Bryan Park. It will take them four to six weeks to study the data. Rivadeneira says it can't come soon enough.

"This day and time the financial circumstances people are under now, I think it's going to hit them hard," Rivadeneira said.

Engineers will go back to study Thamesford Way in six to eight months to see if further action is needed to stop speeders. The next step is installing speed humps to slow down drivers.

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