West Seneca has a trick for fast drivers in neighborhoods

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 18:03:23-04

Several homeowners in West Seneca are fed up with speeders flying thru their neighborhoods. 

One of the neighborhoods is Covington Drive and neighbors told 7 Eyewitness News that drivers aren’t obeying the 35 mph sign. Even 18-wheelers are using the residential street when there are signs prohibiting the use for trucks. 

Neighbors say many drivers are using Covington Dr. as a short cut off of Potter Road to get to South Buffalo and Lackawanna. Rick Schwallie watches speeders all the time from his front porch. He worries about his young children. 

“We don’t even let them play out front, because the traffic is so bad. Just have them to play in the backyard at all times,” Schwallie said. 

Many people living along Covington have decided to no longer park in their driveways. Instead, they park on the side of the street as a way to slow down fast drivers. 

“They don’t care. You know they are careless and they just come down and hit the cars,” Schwallie. 

It’s the same situation, but just a different location for folks living on Main, Sky Hi, French Lea, Mill Road, and Camelot. 

Tonight Town of West Seneca Supervisor, Shiela Meegan is responding to these outcries. She said the town is in the process of purchasing $1,500 worth of portable speed humps. They cost about $200 each. The bumps should be placed on the streets with speeding problems by the start of July. Some taxpayers say that’s still not enough. 

“What probably should happen is they probably should drop the speed limit to 30. Start taking pictures and tagging people that’s the only way you’re going to stop it,” Bill Scheu said. 

Meegan said the town has tried flashing speed limit signs in the past. They did not work. 

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