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Smyrna Considers Radar Signs to Help Curb Speeding

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SMYRNA, Del. - People who live in the town of Smyrna say traffic along South Main Street has always been a problem.

"What we're getting is a lot of traffic, especially in the morning. There's ongoing traffic all morning and it's very fast," said Denise Curry of Smyrna.

Curry has lived along South Main Street for about a year and says drivers do not obey the law.

To help curb speeding, town officials are considering installing two electronic radar signs.

Some say if drivers see how fast they're going, it might help them slow down and obey the law.

According to Chief Wilburt Bordley of the Smyrna Police Department, officers have issued a number of speeding tickets.

One sign would be placed along South Main Street. The other would be placed along Sunnyside Road.

The $9,000 price tag for the two signs is coming through the help of Sen. Bruce Ennis, D-Smyrna.

A spokesperson for Ennis said funds for the signs are coming from a community transportation fund and that it's something every representative has.

Some people, like Gladys Cereghin of Smyrna, said they do not see the benefits.

"It's just a way to spend more money," said Cereghin.

Cereghin has lived on Sunnyside Road for 10 years and says she hasn't noticed an increase of speeders or crashes.

She says she doesn't see how these radar signs will help.

"I really don't know what good this thing is going to do," said Cereghin.

Cereghin is not alone in that sentiment. Others around Smyrna say people will continue to speed unless they see a police cruiser.

Ashley Fortune of Smyrna says the signs are a good idea.

"I think it's a good idea for some that don't want to get a ticket. I think it will make a difference," said Fortune.

Curry says until those radar signs are installed, she has one message for drivers.

"People live on this street. We the pedestrians who live on this street would appreciate if they would respect us and slow down while they're driving down this street," said Curry.

It's a message to drivers about the importance of safety.

Council members have to approve the signs before they can be installed.

According to Chief Wilburt Bordley of the Smyrna Police Department, council will most likely approve the signs.

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