Neighbors say Huntersville road a haven for speeders

Neighbors say Huntersville road a haven for speeders

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 12:19 PM

HUNTERSVILLE, NC -- Neighbors and folks who work along one Huntersville Road say the speed limit should be lowered. 

"It is a place where kids are 3, 4, and 5-year-olds," said Jane Clark, assistant director of Ramah Church Presbyterian Preschool.  She says cars zoom by, just feet from the kids playing.
  
Ramah Church Road was a quiet country road for decades, but in recent years subdivisions have made it a popular road in northern Mecklenburg County.  Commuters often use it as a shortcut from Old Statesville Road to Route 73.

"It's like a country road, but it's not so country anymore," said Clark.

Armed with a radar gun, NBC Charlotte anchor Ben Thompson monitored drivers going fast around the preschool, the housing developments and a curvy section of road that has an advised speed of 35 miles per hour.

NBC Charlotte witnessed a car going 49 miles an hour, even though, as she passed, she could see this sign advising to go 35 around the curvy section of road.

NBC Charlotte also saw cars going up to 53 miles per hour in the middle of the day.

"They're pretty aggressive.  They'll honk if you're going too slow," said Ginny Sumner, who also works along the street.

NBC Charlotte contacted the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The NCDOT says its received no complaints about the speed limit.  A spokesperson says people can file a speed limit reduction request with the NCDOT.

If you have a street that is a haven for fast drivers, e-mail us at streetsofspeed@wcnc.com

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