New warnings for speeders in Hanover

By Ben Garbarek - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Be honest, have you gone a little over the speed limit from time to time?

Some Hanover County residents say it's happening too often in their neighborhoods and they want something done about it.

They want signs reminding drivers they'll have to pay $200 if they get a speeding ticket. Problem is, they have to meet certain requirements to get those signs. County leaders will meet Wednesday and could make it easier to get those signs put up in your neighborhood.

Drivers were behaving for the most part on Tammy Lane in Mechanicsville when we stopped by today, but neighbors say that's not always the case. The Highpoint Farms neighborhood is one of several communities that have tried to get signs warning drivers about the penalties for speeding.

Andy Coffey has roamed these streets exercising nearly every day since he moved here forty years ago.

"Now the traffic is very bad," he said. "People just don't know what 25 [mph] is. I think they look in the mirror and think it says 52 instead of 25 and they drive it accordingly."

He says it's more than just teenagers showing off putting the pedal to the medal down this street.

"You would see everything," he said. "From retirees to teenagers to big Ram trucks with NASCAR on the back of it driving all speeds."

Mike Flagg is in charge of the Public Works Department in Hanover. He says right now drivers need to average more than five miles an hour over the speed limit for an area to get one of these signs. In the past, that requirement has been tough to meet.

"If you have a driver going over 40 miles an hour and another only going 10, you'd average the two and get the 25 mile an hour speed," he said.

The new rules would change that slightly so that only about one out of every six drivers needs to be traveling more than five miles an hour over the speed limit.

People like Andy say the signs could only help.

"People need to be reminded they're in a subdivision," he said. "They just have lead foots and that's just not good mix at all."

Right now there are only two subdivisions in Hanover County that have met the current guidelines. Four more have looked into getting the signs but currently don't have any posted.

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