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Shallotte neighborhood fed up with speeding cars

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SHALLOTTE -- It's a growing problem that might be happening in your neighborhood: people driving too fast. It's an especially big problem in Shallotte's Wildwood Village. Concerned parent Misty Harden said, "The speed is just crazy… We see them flying by each other, swerving around each other. We've had incidents of them going around a stopped school bus. It's very ridiculous and something needs to be done because our children should be able to play in their yards." Harden and Nancy Simmons say they worry every time their kids go outside to play in the yard. Simmons said, "There's heavy equipment trucks with cement trucks, wood driving down here doing 60, you're not going to be able to tell me that they're going to be able to stop for a little child." There's no speed limit sign posted at the entrance to their neighborhood, so according to the law, drivers can go up to 35 miles per hour. Harden said, "We almost threw our hands up because you call 911 six and seven times -- still there's no kids at play signs, there's no speed limit, there's nothing, you know." Simmons said, "I've called the police department and basically said, would you mind coming and sitting in my driveway and just checking the speed? They said sure we'll be out with a speed trap and they haven't come yet." When NewsChannel 3 called the Shallotte Police Department we were directed to the Sheriff's Office. The sheriff said to call the Highway Patrol, the Highway Patrol passed us on to the Department of Transportation. After more than an hour on the phone, we ended up back at the Sheriff's Office. That's when we were told only drinking and driving and careless and reckless driving can be enforced on Wildwood Street -- not speeding. "I just think that if more people in the community are aware of this situation, maybe something just as little as a sign could save somebody's life," Simmons said. To encourage drivers to slow down, the Sheriff's Office said they would position a deputy on Wildwood Street an hour a day for a week. The Sheriff's Office also said if the residents start a homeowners' association they can pay for road signs and speed bumps to be placed along the street.

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Speeding

Bad neighbors and bad drivers are everywhere. Wildwood Village has its share but no more than other places I lived. I choose Wildwood Village because it didn't have an active POA to restrict my rights as a homeowner. Why pay POA fees? We pay Shallotte City taxes and that should get us additionl speed limit signs, if needed. The police have always reponded quickly and professionally any time I've needed them. I'm happy I bought a home in Wildwood Village . . . and others seem happy too, as there are very few homes for sale here.

Wildwood speeding comments

I can understand the frustration of the residents of this sub-division. First of all, do you pay property taxes? If so, to whom? North Carolina is one of the most heavily taxed states in the South. Gasoline tax is supposed to be for the improvement of roads, also, you are supposed to get something in return for your property taxes, i.e. road signs. We certainly pay high enough taxes that our streets should be paved with gold and all the proper signage should be installed. Time to go to the city of county, or both and make your grievences known until something is done about it. If they choose to do nothing, you can always show your displeasure at the polls.

I understand the frustruation

I understand your frustruations wholeheartedly, unfortunately that is somewhat of the price you and I both pay for living in a 'private development'. You were advised accordingly, orgranize a HOA, and you can do what you like to the roadways and such, that is the best preventive measure you can take to curb the speeding problem you have. After all, you know that by the time you call any police, the speeder is well gone, even if you have a tag number, the police can't do anything, as they've not witnessed anything. The best advice has been given to you and the other residents. Form an HOA, and restrict the pavement, that's better control that cops writing tickets...

Speed

Whatchoutnow. Comin through fast up in Wild wood... no controlling legal authority. Start a homeowners assoc. .. I love it!!! Maybe you could buy some checkered flags for me! So funny. You are paying the Shalotte police, the Sheriff, the State patrol and DOT and they told you it's on you. Not even a speed limit sign!!! I guess you should be glad you got a road. Thank them very much.

Wildwood Speeding

I live in Wildwood Village, and speeding is a chronic problem in this neighborhood. We have been re-annexed into the Town of Shallotte. City water was installed which made the County responsible for maintaining the road. They should also be responsible for painting lines on the road, and putting up speed limits along with much needed stop signs. On another note, teach your kids some street smarts! My seven year old daughter has enough sense to play in her own yard. Many of the kids in this development skateboard, roller blade, and bike through the neighborhood. Unfortunately, they also don't get out of the road when a car driving the speed limit is in their path! Ironically, many of the speed offenders have children that chronically play in the road. Just my 2 cents

There's only one street in

There's only one street in Wildwood Village that's included in the Shallotte Police Department's jurisdiction, and it's a dead end. (The first street on the right in Wildwood)

Wildwood down the drain

OK, first I want to step up on my soapbox for a second. "Harden said, "We almost threw our hands up because you call 911 six and seven times -- still there's no kids at play signs, there's no speed limit, there's nothing, you know."" Now just encase anyone is confused(apparently Mr Harden is) , EXACTLY what is 911 for?? EMERGENCY's!!!!! SO......... these A**Holes are speeding up and down the road. So which part of that is a... 1)Medical Emergency 2)Fire Emergency 3)Law Enforcement Emergency. Now, im sure your saying right now, Law enforcement, BUT is someone speeding down your road a real emergency?? NO. Yes it requires attention by law enforcement, BUT its not a emergency. Things like this when you need to be making calls to your police chief, and sheriff by office lines. WHICH ARE LISTED IN THE PHONE BOOK. Calling 911 for this kinda problem is going to get u no where like it apparently has. He wanted a officer to come sit in his driveway, What a waste of taxpayer money. Who would lie about something like this? I seriously doubt an officer has to see it with his own eyes to believe it. How is calling 911 going to get u a Child at play sign?? Do u really think they have a pile of signs just sitting up there in boliva?? If thats what u think, then u need to just click your ruby red slippers together twice and come back to reality. Here is the cold hard truth, U want signs out saying slow down, children at play. That cost is coming out of your pocket! U want speed bumps, Guess what..... coming out of your pocket! Hell these days your just lucky the Gov paid to have the road paved! Here is another reality check for the citizens of Wildwood! SELL Your house now!! The Houses in the front are very nice, BUT as you move towards the back, I cant rememer the road name, BUT it takes you all the way to the back. Someone has ruined your housing value! Keep going towards the back....... Nice house..... Nice house..... Nice house....... all the sudden out of no where, you run into nothing but trailers! The residents of those trailers are going to ruin your housing value! Why are all those houses still for sale?? Because NO ONE wants to live in a nice house NEXT TO A TRAILER PARK! Best thing the residents of Wildwood could do is to start a home owners assoc and put down some rules! Get your signs and speed bumps and prevent your investments from getting damaged anymore then they are already!

Wildwood Down The Drain

I take offense to Mr John Q Public. SPeeding is a problem in Wildwood VIllage. I have probably been guilty of it myself coming in on Wildwood road. We lived her almost 10 years and its always been a problem. ALso, those "trailers" you talk about were in Wildwood VIllage BEFORE the houses started going up, so how are we dragging the value of their houses down? When they moved into or built the houses they knew their were "trailers" unless they didnt bother to drive around the development first! On another note, I promise as a resident of WIldwood VIllage to follow the speed limit. I think a speed limit sign should be posted. One other thing I would like to point out. If you call Shallotte Police Department when they are closed, you are directed to call 911. I know this because I had to call one morning when the stop light had quit working.

Wildwood Down The Drain

I take offense to Mr John Q Public. SPeeding is a problem in Wildwood VIllage. I have probably been guilty of it myself coming in on Wildwood road. We lived her almost 10 years and its always been a problem. ALso, those "trailers" you talk about were in Wildwood VIllage BEFORE the houses started going up, so how are we dragging the value of their houses down? When they moved into or built the houses they knew there were "trailers" unless they didnt bother to drive around the development first! On another note, I promise as a resident of WIldwood VIllage to follow the speed limit. I think a speed limit sign should be posted. One other thing I would like to point out. If you call Shallotte Police Department when they are closed, you are directed to call 911. I know this because I had to call one morning when the stop light had quit working.

RE: Wildwood Down the Drain

The diatribe I have just read is insulting.You disregard the actual threat of the situation and regress into housing levels, in your mind, as if the law is served on a salary/living threshold. If the law cannot be enforced due to negligence, or ignorance, you will eventually see vigilante law as drivers continue to ignore the risks, and are extremely dangerous for the children.

Give up

Yes, just give up. Be glad you have a road. Brilliant. Just think.... soon this country will be so crunked up and full of illegals it will be safe and desirable to live in Mexico.