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Neighbors Say Speeders Keep Hitting Mailboxes

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DOVER, Del. - Neighbors who live in one part of Kent County say they're fed up with speeders.
They say on several occasions they've had to replace their mailboxes because drivers keep running into them.

"It's not a good, safe road to be honest with you," said Betty Welch who lives in the 2900 block of Kenton Road of Dover.

Welch says she has lived in her home along for more than 30 years.

She says traffic has increased in recent years and so have accidents.

"I knew they knocked those mailboxes down but that's nothing. I've had about three I'd say all together," said Welch.
 
Welch says she's had to replace three mailboxes after drivers hit them.  

Other neighbors say they've had to replace as many as five.

Neighbors tell WBOC, an accident happened on Friday night involving a teen driver who hydroplaned and hit a tree that knocked a utility pole out of the ground.
Workers were out Tuesday and Wednesday repairing lines.
     
"It's pretty bad here. I mean, it's really busy," said William Steele of Dover.   

Steele says most speeders come out at night.

"We've had people barely run into you and usually try to avoid you because they'll go into the ditch or they'll hit your car," said Steele.

Welch says she's spoken to officers before about going beyond the 40 mph zone.      

"I told him, I said all I can say is if you patrol this road more you'd make a salary," said Welch.

Steele and other neighbors say they think the speed limit should be reduced.

"It's actually a good thing to look into because my mom has a lot of grandchildren that come here, so it's kind of important. We have animals here as well we don't want them getting hit," said Steele.

Neighbors say in the meantime, they're doing what they can to stay safe and hope they don't have to spend even more money for a new mailbox.

A DelDOT spokesperson tells WBOC that a traffic study has been submitted for Kenton Road.

It is unclear when that study will be conducted to see if the speed limit could be reduced.

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