Eight times the Stoner family has had someone wreck in their yard on Sherwood Drive Southeast, including at least twice barely missing a family member.
Recently, Cookie Stoner got a scare when she thought her children were playing in the front yard. They were at a neighbor’s house, but she still had to deal with the thought of what could have occurred.
Stoner finally had enough about two weeks ago after her husband was almost hit while working in the yard. She’s now asking the Police Department and the City Council for a solution.
“I understand and respect the need for traffic studies, but something needs to be done,” Stoner said.
Stoner said most of the wrecks are when drivers are going faster than the posted 15-mph speed limit and traveling from west to north around the curve from Crestview Drive to Sherwood Drive.
“I’ve stood out there with a hairdryer (so people think she’s running radar), and I’ll do it again if I have to,” Stoner said.
She said her home seems to be the only one on the curve in which people are wrecking. The vehicles haven’t made it to her house yet, but she fears it’s just a matter of time.
Police Chief Nate Allen said his department is doing a traffic study and looking for ways to slow down traffic in the curve. The Traffic Division put up signs warning drivers they are approaching new stop signs at intersections on each side of the curve.
“There are many ways to control speed, including stop signs and speed bumps,” Allen said.