Cracking Down on Speeders

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

July 26, 2006

It's a crackdown on speed in Charlottesville. Police say drivers are simply going too fast often breaking the speed limit by double digits and often through residential neighborhoods.

One of the hot spots is Old Lynchburg Road. Drivers treat that road more like a highway than byway and neighbors are fed up. They want the city to do something and now Charlottesville police are putting the brakes on these speed demons.

“License and registration please.”

Busted going 37 in a 25, this driver had no idea he was speeding.

“I guess I found out,” said Taylor Pilkington.

And he found out the hard way.

“I have issued you a summons for speeding,” said Officer Wayne Bettinger.

Police are handing out tickets, getting tough on speeders on Old Lynchburg Road.

“Most people kind of grimace when they see a police man on their street but we cheer,” said Old Lynchburg Rd. Resident Jean Chase.

About 5300 vehicles pass by Jean Chase's driveway every day. According to a city traffic study most of those drivers have the pedal to the metal zipping past her house at speeds 15 to 20 miles over the posted limit.

“The traffic is just too fast and it is a huge danger,” said Chase.

Now officers are policing the problem.

“Last Monday and last Tuesday I was out here and I wrote 15 tickets in four hours,” said Bettinger.

When we sat with police and it took less than 60 seconds to nab a driver with a heavy foot. And even with a smart box warning drivers to slow down they kept coming. Officer Bettinger issued ticket after ticket.

Residents hope the police presence will deter speeders and help make Old Lynchburg safe for pedestrians once again.

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