Pine community wants neighborhood speeding stopped before it’s too late
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 12:01 AM
More than a half-dozen neighbors from Limerick and Killarney roads, MacBeth Place and Bonnie View Drive in Pine appeared before the board of supervisors at the most recent meeting to express their concerns over through traffic in the area.
The neighborhood is a popular cut-through between routes 910 and 19, neighbors said, and drivers are increasingly not only speeding but also ignoring stop signs.
Jim Roth, who lives at the corner of Limerick Road and MacBeth, said they have a no-through-traffic sign, a weight limit sign, speed limit and stop signs.
“They’re just suggestions,” he said. “Nobody pays any attention to them.”
What really worries them now, Roth said, is that the neighborhood has a lot of new families with children.
“I see them with their skateboards, with their scooters, with their bicycles and they’re out on the street,” he said. “Somebody is going to get hurt or killed the way these people drive.”
Michele Evans Capizzi, who lives across the street from a stop sign on Limerick Road, said she sees problems not only during the day but also at night, especially on the weekends, after she comes home from her job as a nurse.
“They don’t even slow down,” she said. “They are going 40 mph and never put on their brakes at all. My living room window shows you the stop sign — and that’s where I sit when I come home from work, and I watch. Sometimes on a Friday or Saturday night, I’ll see three or four cars going 30 or 40 mph through the stop sign without braking, so that’s my concern as well.”
One neighbor said she’s nearly been hit and has been honked at turning into and pulling out of her driveway on MacBeth Place. She said some neighbors wouldn’t mind seeing it closed off and turned into a cul-de-sac because the problem has gotten so bad. Another neighbor, Dennis McCourt, said some have turned to parking on the street rather than in their driveways in an effort to slow traffic down.
“It’s a very hazardous situation,” he said. “Some kid or someone’s going to get hit on a bike, and it can be prevented because, first of all, they shouldn’t be using it as a through street.”
The supervisors spoke with Northern Regional Police Department Chief John Sicilia that evening, Sicilia said, and the next day he had officers in the neighborhood. In situations like these, he said, they’ll have an increased presence for a few weeks and then return to make stop checks.
“We are definitely addressing it,” Sicilia said.