Beverly Oaks residents desperate to solve neighborhood speeding problem

Published: Nov. 19, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2016 at 12:13 AM EST
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SPRINGDALE, SC (WIS) - The sound of cars speeding by has become the normal for residents who live on Beverly Drive in Lexington County.

Neighbors in the Beverly Oaks neighborhood just near Platt Springs Road are now begging drivers to slow down. They say that cars are speeding down their street - causing damage and almost hitting children who are playing outside.

"It's definitely the most unsafe street we have ever lived on in our lives," Rebecca Siththisakd said.

Neighbors say cars come speeding down the street hitting cars. Two weeks ago a car came down the street so fast it totaled a car parked on the side of the road.

"I thank God the car was there. Unfortunately it got totaled but that car could have come right through here and kill everyone" said Shannon Hook.

Others joined to say it wasn't the first time.

"Our neighbors were getting the mail and had their little dog on the leash and some teenagers came racing down the street and hit her little dog and killed it," said Wesley Carey. "Didn't even stop. Did not stop."

Carey said Beverly drive is used as a cut through for drivers heading from Platt Springs Road to Highway one in West Columbia. Residents are desperate for solutions. Some of them said they have brought their concerns to city council meetings.

"We have even said that we would go in and chip in and pay for the speed bumps if it would slow them down, make it safer for children and animals. They said that couldn't happen for whatever reason" said Carey.

Police recently began increasing their presence in the neighborhood. Friday, a Springdale police officer was seen patrolling and pulling people over for speeding. Other residents say there are other options, too.

"We wanted to get the railroad crossing closed and make us a cul-de-sac and make us a safe neighborhood because it is a neighborhood," David Blanton said.

"Respect us as if we were driving in your neighborhood. That's all we ask. Just slow it down so we can enjoy our time with our families but our children is what we are mainly concerned about" said Hook.

Beverly Drive is divided into two jurisdictions: West Columbia and Springdale.

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