Motorists not obeying speed limits may soon hit a bump in road

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 19, 2008

NATCHEZ — Residents living on Beau Pré Road may soon get some assistance in their efforts to slow speeders on their quiet street.

Deborah White lives on the road and said she and others residents have been trying to get speed bumps installed on the street for years.

“We just wonder why we can’t get them,” White said.

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White said it is not uncommon to see drivers reaching speeds of what she believes to be 65 mph.

The posted speed limit is 25 mph.

White said the problem really hit home when her neighbor’s pet pig was killed by a speeding car.

“It’s only a matter of time before it’s a child,” she said.

But Adams County Board of Supervisors President Henry Watts said it could only be a matter of time before residents get some relief.

Watts said the matter is on the agenda for Monday’s board meeting, and he’s planning to hear from residents speaking on the issue.

“I think we’re going to be able to do it,” Watts said.

And Watts said he’s unaware of anything that would prohibit the supervisors from granting the residents’ request.

But the process to grant that request is not a quick one.

Watts said the road receives funding from the state, not the county, and requires authorization on the state level to be changed in any way.

“It has different requirements than a county road,” he said.

But no matter the requirements, White wants action.

And she isn’t alone. Watts said he’s in possession of a petition signed by at least 75 percent of the residents that all want speed bumps.

Patricia Jamison also lives on the road and said while she wasn’t even aware of a petition, she wants speed bumps.

“I think it could do some good,” Jamison said.

Jamison said the speeders she sees mostly look to be in their teens.

Not everyone feels the way Jamison and White do, though.

Neighbor Frank Patti said he’d rather not see speed bumps installed on his street.

Even though Patti’s neighbor has lost two mailboxes to speeders, he said he thinks they’d cause more problems than they could solve.

“They’re bad on vehicles,” he said. “And I’m not really too enthused about them.”

Watts said if the board votes to install the speed bumps the area would first have to be surveyed before the any further work could be done.

As of now, there is no timeline for the project, Watts said.