Neighbors say speeding persists on Mayland Drive

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Neighbors in one part of Henrico's West End say the cars are going so fast, it makes leaving the house dangerous. It's happening on Mayland Drive, a popular shortcut between Parham Road and Skipwith Road, where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

We first reported on the speeding back in September. Now, we're back to see if anything's changed.

Maybe 32 miles per hour isn't your idea of a drag race, but for neighbors like Herb Eades, it's a pain in the tailpipe.

"Seems like they're going a whole lot faster," Eades said.

Herb's lived on Mayland Drive for 43 years. It was quiet at first, but not anymore. His neighbor, Richard Craddock, will back him up.

"You gotta really be careful when you pull out of the driveway," Craddock said.

Eades and Craddock talked to us on a rainy day back in April, seven months after we first brought our camera to the bus stop at Mayland Drive and Rudolph Road, where a mother told us the cars are putting kids at risk.

"That, to me, is pretty important when our kids are hanging out on the side of the road," said Terri LeGars in September.

Since then, the neighbors say they've seen police running radar, but Herb claims it's not always effective.

"When they're running radar, it does slow them down some. But two weeks later, it's back to speeding again," Eades said.

We ran our own radar on Mayland Drive and found no significant speeders. On a rainy morning, most cars were driving between 24 and 32 miles per hour. But our efforts were by no means exhaustive.

Henrico police confirm there have been no tickets written here since our last report, but the neighbors insist this isn't over, and they might just have to take matters into their own hands.

"Yes, I have written down license numbers and turned them in to the Henrico Police," Eades said.

Added Craddock, "It just makes me think about society in general, and they way everybody's in a big hurry, there's nowhere to go. You need to slow down, and enjoy life...because the faster you go, the more you miss."

Neighbors have the option of starting a petition to get speeding fines increased to $200, but that hasn't happened yet. In the meantime, Henrico Police say they'll run radar here for another 30 days, in response to our questions about speeding.

We'll keep you posted if anything changes.

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