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Neighbors worry about speed demons entering residential neighborhoods in Pasco County

Posted at 4:46 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 18:28:49-04

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Nearly one month since a car dangled over a bridge in Pasco County, neighbors are worried it could happen again.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report, the driver was going 15 mph over the speed limit but was also impaired before crashing into the bridge guardrail on Seven Springs Boulevard in New Port Richey.

“They just fly,” said Henry Berndt. “I just don’t understand.”

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Berndt has lived in the area along Seven Springs for more than three decades, He’s had enough of drivers going over the 30 mph speed limit.

“This is a residential neighborhood and nothing tells them they’re going through it,” he said.

Berndt said the April crash is going to happen again if the dangerous road is not fixed.

A spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said they are aware of the dangers on this road, partly because the road has a curve, the traffic light there, and they attribute drivers dangerous driving habits.

ABC Action News requested speeding citations and warnings and found that since January of 2018 — there were more warnings than citations.

There were around 40 citations, with top speeds of 72 mph.

But then there were 83 warnings — one driver going 70 mph, according to the data from the sheriff’s office.

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The sheriff’s office said in an email that they patrol that area when they are not handling urgent, emergency calls.

Berndt wants better signs to warn drivers they’re on a residential road and to show the speed limit is thirty.

People who live near the crash site also worry about the pedestrian walkway where a portion of the guardrail is still missing since April.

After a call to the county, a work crew went and added yellow caution tape until it can be fixed in June.

The county plans to look into that area to ensure all required traffic signs are in place.