Residents say speeders and motorcyclists a neighborhood menace

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 22, 2012

HOPEWELL, Va (WTVR)—There’s one way in and only one way out on Jackson Farm Road.

Most who live there know the speed limit is 25 miles an hour but the problem, many neighbors say, is that others don't—or at least they don’t follow it.

"It's like a race track a lot of times, I mean, they just roll," Ruth Tate says, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1979.

And it's not just cars that concern those living here, many says motorcycles are just as dangerous.

"They'll do wheelies straight down the road like it's a theme park or something," John Daniel says, who also happens to have the most precarious driveway on the road; right where a curve dumps drivers on Jackson Farm Road.

"I would never dream of backing out of my driveway if I don't want to get in a car accident" Daniel says.

Carl Lowe says when his grandchildrenvisit, they are only allowed to play in the backyard, for their safety, he says.

Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane came out to see for himself why neighbors are so concerned, and it didn't take him long to realize there were several issues.

A few hours later, Chief Keohane had met with Public Works and Traffic Engineering, working out to have brush cleared from the area in the near future and to have extra speed limit signs added to the area.

The police department will also drop off a special sign that will show drivers their exact speed as they go past.