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Street Squad: Speeding on Jefferson Davis Hwy

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CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) – Residents are raising concern about the safety of Jefferson Davis Highway after a fatal accident over the weekend.

The cause is still under investigation but residents say getting drivers to slow down could make the road a whole lot safer.

In the past year, there have been 21 crashes on this stretch of Jefferson Davis - not including the deadly crash from Sunday morning.

People who live and work in this area say speeding is a constant problem and police are patrolling the area.

Within 20 minutes of standing out on Jefferson Davis Highway near the I-95 and Route 288 interchange, 8News reporter Josh Landon spotted drivers going over the 45 mile speed limit.

"They'll just get on the gas like they're drag racing," says resident Dave Mayes.

Some drivers easily went pass 55 miles per hour in both north and southbound lanes. He also caught two drivers appearing to go 61 miles per hour and some going even faster.

Dave Mayes works at the car dealership located right across from Sunday's deadly crash. He says more needs to be done to prevent crashes and crack down on speeders.

"That hill up there and this hill down, this is the bottom end of it. I see people going 65/70 miles an hour sometimes. It's ridiculous."

Chesterfield Police say they patrol Jefferson Davis Highway regularly and have issued four citations in the past year for reckless driving.

"I know the police department is doing what they can, but it's just not enough," Mayes says. "They need to post more police officers out here to be running more radar than what they are."

In the past couple months, Mayes says he has witnessed four crashes including one back in November that sent eight people to the hospital.

VDOT has not done a traffic study in this area since 1996. However, residents can go to their local government and request a new study be done to see if any changes can be made.

 

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