LEWES, Del.- As the Lewes Traffic Safety Committee reconvenes for the first time in 2.5 years, speeding on one street is dominating conversation.
During Thursday morning’s meeting, neighbors on Atlantic Drive asked the city to lower the speed limit from 25 to 15. People like Eileen Snyder say they’ve spotted people driving nearly double what they should.
“We think 45 is average,” she says. “Sure the residents will go 25 or less but the people who are not residents and especially some of the young drivers and their parents rushing about school will go faster. People who come off kings or savannah will do that speed.”
Lewes Police Chief Thomas Spell says his officers are doing extra speed enforcement on Atlantic due to concerns, and that data shows about 34 percent of drivers in a two week period were found to be speeding. Chief Spell says they’ll do even more as the city considers permanently lowering the speed limit.
“We are going to also deploy our speed enforcement board that captures that data for the summer time for the early fall to give us more data to work from,” he says.
City Manager Ann Marie Townshend says the city will consider adding double yellow lines as more data is collected, and hopes short-term solutions are proposed by the next committee meeting, June 20th. She says the committee–which also aims to tackle issues like pedestrian safety downtown and lighting on Cape Henlopen Drive–is here to serve the community.
“It is important that we, especially this time of year, but really year round that we make sure that as people are walking, as people are biking and as people are driving, they realize they need to follow the rules of the road,” she says. “For their safety and for the safety of others.”
The Traffic Safety Committee meets next on June 20th at 9:30 a.m. at Lewes City Hall.