The Times West Virginian

September 15, 2013

Speed bumps one solution for slowing drivers in neighborhood

By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — In the Mt. Vernon Heights development on Vernon Drive, some recently added speed bumps have residents divided.

Vernon Drive, a private road, has a posted speed limit of 15 mph. However, resident Gary Stiles says that drivers rarely keep to that limit, instead going twice that.

“When we were looking for a house 10 years ago, we wanted to live in a neighborhood,” Nikki Stiles, Gary Stiles’ wife, said, “because you think that if you’re living in a neighborhood, people will be driving by slowly.”

Gary Stiles says that part of the problem is that the road is private, and so the speed limit cannot be enforced by police officers.

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