Charlotte County roads may see speed limit changes

Slow down!

That is the message drivers have for people on Charlotte County roads. Now, speed limit changes could be on the way to fight the problem. Some said the pace cars are traveling at, you would think it was NASCAR.

People in the Creekside neighborhood said about a dozen law enforcement officers live in the community. But that does not stop the drivers from speeding on the roadways filled with kids and pets.

“Right now it’s crazy,” said¬†John Ward,¬†Creekside homeowner. “The speeders and everything.”

Speeders are creating a safety problem for John Ward and his neighbors in Charlotte County’s Creekside Community.

“When people are coming home from work and stuff,” Ward said, “they kind of race on this particular Street.”

The speed limit is 30 mph, for now. But soon, Bishop Creek way may see it lowered to 25 mph. While Ward said speeding is an issue, the problem could also be a lack of signs.

“Probably should put them all around the neighborhood to make sure people notice that,” Ward said.

Commissioners are expected to vote later this month to reduce the speed limit by 5 mph on dozens of other roads across the county, including in the Creekside, Rotonda Heights neighborhoods and near Pine St. in Englewood.

Some drivers, like Chase Myers, argue that it is not necessary on busier roadways.

“It’s pretty much a straight away,” said Chase Myers, a Punta Gorda driver. “You don’t really have to slow down.”

Ward said the answer is not simple but feels reducing the speed limit is a step in the right direction.

“How much that will help?” Ward said. “I don’t know.”

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