Homeowners fear Lake Wheeler speeders

September 16, 2013 9:00:00 PM PDT
Residents in a Wake County neighborhood are having a hard time pulling out of their driveways because of speeding cars and fears of a deadly crash.

Homeowner Shaun Syrop lives in a beautiful area of Wake County off Penny Road but he is afraid of the traffic on the busy road and feels it is unsafe.

"It's a piece of paradise, but my fear is that somebody will get severely hurt," Syrop told ABC11.

The speed limit is 45 miles per hour, but, according to Syrop, few obey it.

"Somebody could get killed...cars [are] driving way too fast and they [could] T-bone you," adds Syrop.

With new subdivisions popping up everywhere, the Department of Transportation said it has not done a safety or speed study along Penny Road or West Mills Creek Road in at least two and a half years.

"They would be coming out in a couple weeks when they got around to it and it wasn't a high priority to them," Syrop recalls of his conversion with the DOT.

He also wonders why local law enforcement is not patrolling.

"Just here in Wake County we have 40 troopers that are assigned to the county and some people may say 40, that's a lot...but not all 40 of them are working at one time," said Sergeant Jeff Gordon.

Gordon suggested if you feel drivers are speeding in your area that you call your local highway patrol office.  

"We need people to assist the highway patrol as far as being our eyes and ears," said Gordon. "We want to do that enforcement and we will do that enforcement when we have the opportunity and the resources to do that."

ABC11 gave Syrop the Wake County Traffic Engineer's direct line Tuesday with hopes that he will get that safety study completed.

Syrop hopes more traffic controls signs go up, more officers patrol his roads, and more drivers slow down.

Anyone who feels like speeding drivers are a problem in their area is advised to contact the DOT's Traffic Engineering Department. The DOT said they will send someone out to do a safety study. You can also contact Local Highway Patrol by dialing *HP from your cell phone.

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