Anger about "hot-rod" drivers

October 7, 2008 3:28:27 PM PDT
Residents in one South Trenton neighborhood are demanding action from the city.They want more police patrols and better signs to slow down cars hot-rodding through their streets, sometimes causing serious accidents.

Genesee St. resident Suzanne Yaros says she and her neighbors have had enough.

A car crash in front of her house Monday was just the latest in a series of accidents residents say are caused by drivers who speed and ignore stop signs on the cross streets.

"50 to 60 miles per hour, running the stop sign. They do it every day," said neighbor Jeff Barnard.

"A car came flying from over there, nobody stopped," said Ben Soto. "The lady lost control and she ends up in these people's homes."

Soto said that crash happened last week at Genesee and Dayton. The impact knocked the steps right off the front of the house.

A week before that a home a couple blocks away at Remsen and Genesee took the brunt of another crash.

"It shook the whole house. The whole just went boom and we come running out and there's an SUV in the front door of this house," said Cynthia Serrano.

"Something needs to be done because it could have been my daughter on that corner on her bike."

A vehicle crashed into Suzanne Yaros' home last year.

"It's not safe for the kids to play out here or to walk down the sidewalk," Yaros said. "There's going to be a fatality. Someone's going to get really seriously injured or killed."

Residents are asking for police to crack down on speeders and for the city to install four way stop signs and 25 mph signs along Genesee St.

When notified by Action News of the neighbors' complaints, both police and the public works director said they would begin an immediate assessment of the situation.

"Examine all the way up and down Genesee and the aligning streets to make sure there's proper signage for speeding, children at play, etc. are up and posted within the next few weeks," said Public Works Director Eric Jackson.

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