Concerns Over Speeding on Charleston's East End

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Members of the East End Community Association are hoping to hit the brakes on the speeding problem that is plaguing their streets.

Ryan White heads up the committee which met on Monday.

"It becomes dangerous if there are people that are walking," White explained.

White and his committee contacted Charleston Police. The Traffic Division is now putting a special emphasis when it comes to speeding on this side of town.

"Their primary responsibility is to reduce speed and reduce crashes in particular areas throughout the city," explained Lieutenant Shawn Williams.

On Monday, reporter Michael Clouse went with Senior Patrolwoman Jessi Redden as she looked for speeders.

One after another, there were several people going at least ten miles over the speed limit.

One of the most dangerous areas is right by the West Virginia Capitol Complex.

"A lot of people that come off the interstate will be flying off Greenbrier Street," said White.

Redden added, "They go speeds upwards of 60 to 70 miles per hour over there."

Those speeds are twice the posted limit, right next to homes, where children live.

"We understand that people want to get places quickly, but when you're going through a neighborhood, you have to slow down," White said.

In October, a pedestrian was killed while crossing at Virginia and Greenbrier Streets, the area being targeted by police.

Lieutenant Williams says that if you have concerns in your neighborhood about speeding, you should contact his office.

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