RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
A Richmond city councilman has a proposal to stop speeders on West Cary Street between Addison and Cherry streets near VCU - an additional $200 fine for speeding.
This road are used heavily to get to and from downtown. Neighbors have been clamoring for more enforcement for years and now may get the help they've been looking for.
"Just sitting here eating lunch, it's obvious people are whaling down this street," says neighbor Pat Millen.
The speed limit in that residential stretch is supposed to be only 25 miles per hour, yet neighbors say they saw drivers appear to be going much faster.
Mark Brandon with the uptown association has been working with the city for nearly 20 years to find a solution.
"An accident in this intersection could go right up into people's houses," he says. "Being a city, our houses are close to the curbs."
City Councilman Parker Agelasto has proposed a solution: a $200 additional fine on top of a speeding ticket. Many neighbors like the idea.
Agelasto says that 85 percent of drivers on that street go at least 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. According a city ordinance, the street is eligible for the fine increase, which is actually one of the most inexpensive ways to calm traffic in the area.
"For now, it could be very helpful. Cary St gets a lot of traffic, downtown, at high speeds, mostly in the morning."
Both of these proposals are scheduled to go before the public safety committee next week. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond Related Stories: