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Carrollwood neighborhood working to stop speeding and crashes

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 17:55:34-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A Carrollwood neighborhood is working to stop more speeding and crashes in their neighborhood.

Residents stood at the corner of Farmington Blvd. and Ehrlich Rd. on Monday morning with signs saying things like "Put your phone down" and "You are driving a deadly weapon" to get drivers in Carrollwood Meadows to slow down.

David Fredricks, who helps run the Carrollwood Meadows Neighborhood Association, says he's seen several near misses and has witnessed several crashes in the subdivision that has more than 800 homes.

His wife has also been involved in a crash, he said.

After seeing a recent presentation by Vision Zero, Fredricks says his community was inspired to put on their own event to reduce speeding and put forth a clear message.

"Slow down," Fredricks said. "Slow down. We want to save lives. We want to prevent accidents."

ABC Action News talk to the sheriff department about speeding in the neighborhood. A spokesperson said the sheriff's office received complaints in 2017, and deputies increased enforcement in the area at the time. The sheriff's office said it has not received complaints this year, but officials are looking into the issue after we reached out to them.