Board to consider $200 speeding fines on Mountain Glen Parkway

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Neighbors say too many drivers use Mountain Glen Parkway to avoid rush-hour traffic on the main roads. It's only 25 miles per hour here. But neighbors say rush hour drivers often do almost twice that.

"I think that it's dangerous. And I don't think they should do that in a residential area because of the children," said resident Cherrie Henderson's

Cherrie's lived here for twelve years and estimates that drivers seeking a short cut - do up to 45 miles per hour. So she's happy about Tuesday when Henrico's Board of Supervisors will vote on increasing the fines for speeding here, to $200.

"I think that's a good idea, that's a start," Cherrie said.

Since 2004 - Henrico County has used the expensive fines to deter speeding on 47 other neighborhood streets but questions remain, about their effectiveness.

Signs are now in place on Thamesford Way, telling drivers they face an addition $200 fine if caught speeding. But Henrico police say, since the changes went into effect, it appears they've yet to issue a single ticket.

"I haven't seen any police out here doing radar duty, and I guess my belief is in time, the signs will become second nature to people and they'll revert to whatever actions they were doing before," said resident Mike Stoneham.

Stoneham suggested more enforcement.

"I think the word needs to get out that the signs mean something, that there's some enforcement or some teeth behind it," said Stoneham.

While others hope the signs themselves deliver a message, to slow down.

"We hope that the problem is going to be taken care of," said Cherrie.

If approved, the county will install new signs telling drivers about the fines. Then there's a grace period of a few weeks. After that, police may consider putting officers here to run radar at unannounced times.

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