Neighbors want to put the brakes on speeders in Norfolk

Posted at 7:54 PM, Apr 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-02 06:17:28-04

Norfolk, Va. - A “children playing” sign isn't enough to slow drivers down on 38th street.

NewsChannel 3 clocked some drivers doing more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Sadly neighbors say it's taken a little boy being hit yesterday for others to notice the problem. This is making it a dangerous task for the dozens of kids who cross the street to the playground every day.

That's what witnesses say the young boy was doing when an SUV hit him.
Norfolk police haven't said if speed had anything to do with it, but either way, neighbors believe it could have been prevented.

“They need to put some bumpers on these streets. They need to put some more signs safe for the kids to cross the street. We don't have no cross walk for the kids crossing the street. It’s a playground right here. Why would there not be a cross walk?” says a neighbor.

The same question Desiree Poitier says she asked the city of Norfolk when she moved in a year ago. “They didn’t want to give up this parking space right here to put a crosswalk,” says Poitier.

This is giving drivers no reason to slow down.

The speed limit sign way down the block reads 25 miles per hour, many drivers we clocked today were doing between 25 and 30 but, others flew right by us leaving kids to cross at their own risk. This is leading parents to believe that no one cares.