Winterville residents say no to speed bumps, still looking for answers

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Speeding and skipping stop signs, those are just two complaints of some Winterville residents. Now, the town is proposing putting up more stop signs and speed bumps to curb the issue. The proposal would add signs to eight intersections and may add speed bumps to two neighborhoods, Caterbury and Clevewood.

“There have been times when people are almost drag racing down that street, through that stop sign,” says one concerned resident at the Winterville Town Hall meeting Wednesday.

At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns about the proposed plans.

“You can put up as many stop signs as you want but I’ve yet to see probably more than a handful of cars actually stop at that stop sign,” says Winterville resident Julia Nugen.

Julia Nugen says her top priority is safety.

“I have a child who plays outside all the time. I have a baby,” says Nugen. “We are always outside and it can be very dangerous.”

Some residents say a less permanent approach should be taken, like positioning police patrols in the problem areas. Winterville Police Chief Ryan Willhite says the town is working to be proactive. He says he’s already short on officers so the requested patrols may be difficult to staff.

“There are a lot of citizens with children and pets as well so if a vehicle is going a certain speed it’s going to be hard to stop,” says Chief Ryan Willhite.

Residents at the meeting agree something must be done. It’s still uncertain, however, what the right answer is. The board will likely vote on the proposal at its next meeting. Residents say they just want their voices heard.

“Whether we support it or whether we don’t support the stop signs and speed bumps that we come out and, at least, voice our opinion,” says Nugen. “Tell them what we’re seeing and hopefully, propose that something we done about it.”


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