Virginia Beach residents concerned about speeding problem


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man in the Kempsville section of Virginia Beach is raising red flags about speeding in his neighborhood.  He calls it a safety concern with so many children playing in the area.

Lined with homes and cars, you wouldn’t expect a speeding problem on Windbrooke Lane.

“There’s no reason for it,” said neighbor Deb Calvert.  

Neighbors will tell you the cars are constant. 

“Windbrooke Lane is either known to me as the expressway or the parkway,” Calvert said.

Plus, many drivers aren’t following the speed limit.

“Through here, in the mornings, the afternoon, all hours, they do fly through here. Speed limit is 25,” said resident Scottie Mitchem.  “So I’ve seem them, I wouldn’t be surprised if I said double the speed limit.”

Mitchem has lived on the street for 14 years and is tired of seeing too many close calls.

He said, “I saw a child last week just about get hit by a car coming through here because she was speeding.”

He took his concerns to his homeowner’s association, but didn’t get very far.

“It frustrates me quite a bit because I still see this on a daily basis, every hour of the day, every hour of the night,” said Mitchem.  “There are kids playing in the community here, it’s a great community.  I’m just trying to be proactive to possibly save someone’s life.”

Mitchem reached out to 10 On Your Side and we took his concerns to the city’s traffic engineering department.  They say they weren’t aware of issues on the road, but they’ll look into it if the civic league asks for help.

Mitchem and Calvert would like to see speed bumps on the street.

“Before something does happen and it’s one of those ‘we wish we would’ve done it’ being more on the proactive side,” said Mitchem.

Virginia Beach police tell us they haven’t heard of any complaints and have only issued one ticket on this street in the last two years.  However, if residents do come to them with concerns, they can have an officer patrol the area. 

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