Parents say speeders put bus stop in harm's way

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - School is in session, and one Henrico County Mom says drivers need a lesson. She contacted NBC12 about speeding near a bus stop on Mayland Drive between Parham Road and Skipwith Road.

It would seem the kids on Mayland Drive have better things to do than give interviews.

ANDY: So what school do you guys go to?

KINDERGARTENER: I'm getting out!

ANDY: All right.

But one Mom is very concerned about what happens when the kids wait for the bus. Terri LeGars tells us drivers go much faster than the posted 25 mile per hour speed limit.

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

So she invited us to the bus stop, where we spotted drivers moving up to 36 miles per hour.

"What if a kid gets hit? Then what happens?" LeGars asked.

On nearby Comet Road, there's a $200 additional fine for anyone who breaks the speed limit. Neighbors wonder why can't that be done on Mayland Drive?

We took the concerns to Henrico County, and Mayland Drive may be eligible for the higher fines. But first, there would have to be a study lasting up to eight weeks. Instead, the police got involved immediately.

"We have found that when a marked police car is in a neighborhood, it's amazing, traffic will just  automatically slow down. That presence, by itself, is a deterrent for speeders," said Sgt. A.J. Gordon of the Traffic Safety Unit.

Once the officer was clearly visible, we spotted cars going in the upper 20 mph range. It may not be a permanent solution, but Terri tells us things are getting better.

"That's great. That's great. I wish it would have happened some time ago, and I hope it continues to happen," LeGars said.

If you have a traffic safety concern in Henrico County, call 328-2573, x2223.

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