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New Speed Enforcement Officer on Streets in St. Albans

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – People in one neighborhood are feeling the need for less speed.

Members of a neighborhood watch group on Forrestal Avenue in St. Albans say they’re tired of seeing drivers blatantly disregard the 15-mile-per hour speed limit.

With playgrounds on the corners and kids playing in yards next to the street, they're afraid a serious accident is just a matter of time.

Thursday night neighbors got together with city leaders at St Peters United Methodist Church.

St. Albans Police Chief Michael Matthews says it all comes down to manpower.

"If there's a meth lab or serious car wreck, it's hard to run radar when you don't have the people," Matthews said.

However, neighbors were relieved to learn a new speed enforcement officer started this week.

"He's assigned to do nothing but crashes, motor vehicles and speed enforcement, so we hope to get him in the neighborhood and help here some, running some radar and issuing citations," Matthews said.

Neighbors are hoping that's enough to hit the brakes on the problem.

Councilman John Boles told the crowd if they see the same car speeding over and over to take down the license plate number, call police and give it to them.


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