Roanoke County leaders discuss increasing penalties for speeding in residential areas

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - Drivers beware, if you get caught speeding through parts of Roanoke County it could cost you a hefty fine. Roanoke County leaders are discussing ways to improve safety on residential roads. One possible solution involves an enhanced fine of $200.

During Tuesday's Roanoke County Board of Supervisors meeting, Police Chief Howard Hall highlighted areas with traffic concerns and presented possible solutions. Chief Hall presented data about the total number of tickets and warnings given in certain residential areas over a three year period. According to the figured presented, View Avenue had the highest total number of citations with 489, followed by Hunting Hills Drive with 480 drivers stopped and 274 warnings or tickets given on Keagy Road.

Mark morton lives on Canter Drive. He attended Tuesday's meeting and voiced concerns about speeders in his neighborhood.

"There is only one concern and that is safety for the residents," said Morton

In an effort to improve safety, the county is examining possible solutions to traffic concerns. The police chief discussed methods such as reducing the speed limit and increasing fines in certain residential neighborhoods.

"Assuming that the community weighs in on that positively and the Board of Supervisors approve that, { the proposed plan} it could result in a $200 enhanced fine for residential speeding," said Chief Hall.

Supervisor Joseph McNamara said he supports solving the speeding problem but believes an additional $200 penalty would too high.

"I have people who work for me that if they get a $300 ticket they may or may not be able to get some relative to help pay for it," said McNamara.

Morton said a heftier fine for speeding is a good idea. He said he wants the county to consider a more proactive approach to enforcing speed limits.

"To me speed humps are the best solution," Morton said.

Chief Hall said he plans to work with supervisors to figure out the best way to keep people safe. Enhanced fines are part of a proposed plan presented to county leaders, they are not a done deal. Chief Hall said they will also examine other alternatives include community service and other options for calming traffic.