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Letter to the Editor: Slow Down on South Street

Will Fernandez, Freehold Borough resident, is asking drivers to abide by the speed limit and for police to enforce the violators.

Dear Editor,

I am a concerned citizen of . My house is located on South Street between Park Avenue and Barkalow. My concern is the speeding that occurs on South Street on a DAILY basis.

The speed limit is 30 MPH. As you drive on South Street and pass and head toward the township the speed limit increases to 35 MPH.

I am amazed how fast most of the cars drive past my house. Every time I take out the garbage, recycling or when I'm cutting my front lawn, I am shocked to see vehicles driving at such a high rate of speed. 30 MPH? It feels more like 50 MPH!

Freehold Boro is a "walking community", meaning, most of their residents walk the sidewalks all over town. I see mothers with their children in tow and I fear for their safety.

In addition to the speeding, the corner of Park Avenue and South Street is notorious for car accidents. One time a car jumped the curb, cut across the veterinarian's yard and landed on someone's front yard. The accident was during the late evening hours and no one on foot was hurt but imagine if that accident had happened during the busy daylight hours?

I constantly see police "Watch Your Speed" radar signs on side streets such as Barkalow and Helen. I see how concerned the town is with the smaller side streets but what about the busier, more congested roads like South Street? The Freehold Boro police need to monitor South Street's speed limit violators in the same fashion as the side streets. I see people speeding and talking on their cell phones.

This has to STOP!

Thank you,
Will Fernandez

Jane Healton April 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
This is one of our biggest challenges Will and I would bet that most of the speeding is from commuter and passing through drivers. If you get results on South try the same on Throckmorton, Main Street and the north end of Route 79.
Shari Madera April 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I know exactly what you are going through. I live on Center Street, between 3rd & 4th Sts. We can actually hear then accelerating from both ways and when they come up the curves I am afraid they are going to crash going around them. Forget about the motorcycles, or the minibikes. There are alot more children living on this street than there was 10 years ago and people have no regard for them or anyone trying to cross the street. By the way, the speed limit is 25mph, and there are only a handful of Center St. residents that actually do that. If we do 25mph, people actually honk at us to go faster. Craziness, that's what it is.
Jose April 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM
The same is happening on center street, at any time.
Frank April 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I see drivers not even stopping @ crosswalks in the Boro..
Lisa Johnson April 22, 2012 at 09:19 AM
I think this applies to all of Freehold Boro. We have some really good cops but for some reason they don't stop speeders. A few months ago I had to call Academy bus service when I was almost hit by a bus on court and Holmes terrace. A bus that came out of nowhere. That bus had to be doing 60 in a residential zone. Our cops are overwhelmed. To be honest I think the problem lies in not enough cops.
carol April 23, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Well you should try to pull out of my driveway at 7:30,Robertsville Road is a death trap!


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