Gates residents want DOT to lower speed limit following crash

Updated: 05/26/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 05/26/2014 4:00 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A serious crash on Buffalo Road Saturday night sent two people to the hospital.

Now, the neighborhood near the crash is vowing to get the DOT to make changes so this doesn't happen again.

Saturday night, two people were injured when a SUV made a left hand turn off Adeane Drive West onto Buffalo Road and collided with another vehicle traveling east on Buffalo Road. Both drivers in the crash were hurt and taken to the hospital.

Neighbors in Gates say crashes in that area are all too common of an occurrence. They say they know police are still trying to figure out what exactly caused this crash, but they strongly believe if the speed limit was lower this would be a safer stretch.

The DOT has been out here before, but found there wasn't a need to lower the 55 MPH speed limit.

Neighbors disagree, they say this is a residential area, and at night it is dark. They feel 55 is just too fast. Even Gates supervisor Mark Assini -- who lives down the road -- says he is taking steps to get DOT to take a second look.

“Unfortunately, two days ago we had an accident where a serious injury occurred, and that’s been the impetus pushing the DOT to take another look at the speed limit,” said Assini.

He and his neighbors agree that residential growth and recent events warrant another look.

“It’s a scary situation. I myself have younger children, and I think something should be done about it,” said Romeo, a resident, “What if something happens? A car overturns and goes into the lawn where the kids are playing. I just think someone should have another look at it.

Neighbors say they are going to reach out to the DOT on Tuesday.

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