Boy if this doesn't infuriate me. I have called the city and the city police on several occasions about the speeders on Andover Road to no avail. The city police have shown up at the oddest times, like early morning, say 7am, but never when classes are about to start or let out at UNCW. The city complains about being out of money yet they don't care to send police to Andover to easily write 25-30 speeding tickets each day, maybe more. Andover residents signed petitions several years ago for speed bumps and later were told that "no more speed bumps would be installed in the city". As Mr. Godwin stated in his post, one person has been killed on Andover due to speed and there have been several other accidents on the street. The last accident went thru Mr. Godwin's yard and we had SEVEN, YES SEVEN, police show up. I would venture to guess that most of the speeders are UNCW students but some are residents on Andover Road. I've asked for extra speed limits signs to be installed on Andover, since the two, one at each end of the street, are too close to the end of the street and no one probably notices them and was told that extra signs would not make any difference to the speeders. Really!!
I guess the folks on Mallard have more pull than the ones on Andover. They were lucky enough (HAHAHA) to have the great city bicycle trail on their street, also got sidewalks and are now getting their speed bumps increased and a choker on Hooker Road. WOW. Talking about a waste of money, why not ticket the folks riding their bikes on Mallard and Rose instead of the bike trail. Let's see, that totaled more than $3.4 million didn't it?
Why is all the money going to Mallard, let's share some of it on Andover and make it a safer street. Maybe the residents of Mallard/Rose are getting the same song/dance as the residents of Andover, promises, promises and then nothing. Surely all the $90m mentioned above is not going to be spent on Mallard.
As to the comment that the person traveled 25mph on Mallard today and hit his head on the roof of his car, that's BS.
I travel Rose/Mallard almost daily, driving 25mph and have had folks pass me. If someone tailgates me, then I'll drop it down to 20mph. If you don't like it, travel another way, say Wrightsville Avenue where you can go 35 to 45mph. The problem is there are no consequences for these speeders, no tickets, no increase in their insurance premiums for speeding tickets, etc.
AND THE GREAT CITY LEADERS THINK WE NEED A BASEBALL STADIUM, NOT WITH MY TAX DOLLARS WHEN WE CAN'T GET POLICE PROTECTION.
Enough said, I could go on for days on this subject. The folks that don't agree are probably guilty of speeding on Rose/Mallard and Andover. Come sit on Andover and see for yourself.
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