Council considering $200 fine for speeders on West Cary Street Road

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Lead foot drivers need to slow down in Richmond's west end. City council is considering a new ordinance to fine speeders an extra $200 on a stretch of West Cary Street near the Henrico County line.

Hundreds of cars pass through this section of West Cary Street every day. The speed limit out here is 30 miles an hour. Pat Staples is used to the sound of screeching tires.

"It's like the Indianapolis 500 most of the time," Richmond resident Pat Staples said.

She lives on West Cary Street Road and there's an accident a week right outside her front door.

"They're going toward the highway and the people coming this way jump the light or speed through the light," she said.

Richmond police say there have been 38 crashes between Cameron and Three Chopt in the last year alone. Prompting City Councilman Bruce Tyler to propose a safety zone.

"When you get ticketed for speeding. You will get your regular ticket plus you'll have an automatic fee on top of that of $200," Tyler said.

When the city did a study of this road they found that 85 percent of drivers were going at least 10 miles over the speed limit. Tyler says he's tried getting police to run radar on the road, but it doesn't seem to be deterring speeders.

"The only way I know how to deter it is to get it where it hurts," he said.

Pat Staples just hopes the fines find a way to work.

"One would hope it would deter people but I have my doubts. They are still going to try to speed through the stoplight," Pat said.

City Councilman Bruce Tyler will hold a community meeting next week. City council will vote on this safety zone this fall.

More details on that meeting. Bruce Tyler will host the forum next Tuesday July 28. It's from 6:30 to 8:30 at night at Mary Mumford Elementary School.

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