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Small Dorchester Community Struggles With Speeders

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 SALEM, Md.- There are plenty of speed limit signs in the small community of Salem, but many more signs that haven't been put up by the county.

It's an effort by locals to get drivers to slow down when passing through this quiet rural community.  Libby Nagel says the traffic has changed a lot over the years, not necessarily for the better.

"Unfortunately it's a straightaway so they do think that it is a raceway down there," said Nagel.

She says that worries her, because her farm equipment takes up a good portion of the road.  She's afraid a speeder could cause a serious accident with those tractors, but that isn't the only concern.

"We're just worried about the small children and even older adults that ride their bicycles here.  The pets always have to be kept in yards and on leashes where that wasn't the case years ago," said neighbor Diana Short.

One man, Donald Jones, says several times cars have sped through a stop sign near his lawn, gone through the intersection, and wound up in his yard.

"I've had cars come into the yard, across the culvert and into the ditch and my yard and tear my yard up.  It's happened seven times," said Jones

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says they have no reports of cars winding up in yards, but has done several speed enforcement operations in the area, turning up a few citations, but say the problem isn't unusually excessive in the small community.

Nagel says the whole idea behind the push to slow down traffic isn't just for safety, but also to preserve their quiet, peaceful, rural community.


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