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Franklin city council searching for solutions to Beal Road speeding problem

Posted at 12:00 AM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 00:38:01-04

FRANKLIN, Ohio -- Police hoped installing a speed-tracking device on Beal Road would encourage drivers not to shoot down the narrow span and over the summit of its blind hill like bullets out of a chamber. It didn't. 

According to data collected by the device, 85 percent of people who drove past it between late July and Wednesday were speeding. 

Melissa Wenglikowski, who lives nearby, said she wasn't surprised. According to her, high-speed traffic in the 35 mph zone has made the neighborhood "really dangerous" for children, pedestrians and even residents trying to back out of their own driveways.

"People just need to be courteous, and they're not," she said. "People drive crazy up and down this road. Crazy."

Although police have increased their presence in the area, neighbor Gene Baker said he worries action from City Council is the only thing that could create a genuine change.

"This is a residential area," he said. "If we don't do something with it now, what's the road going to be like in the next five years?"

A council safety committee is evaluating the speeding problem and working on a plan to fix it, although the timeline for such a fix is unclear.