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Friday, January 27, 2023

Resident voices concerns on ‘dangerous speeders’ in southwest Ocala

To the Editor:

I agree with the resident who recently wrote about the speeders on 49th Avenue. We live in proximity to that location on SW 38th Avenue, which is used by residents in Sky Valley as well as some of the school buses transporting for Hammett Bowen.

I have been complaining to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for three years about this same issue of dangerous speeders. The only thing MCSO did was to place a radar trailer on the street for two days. I was promised a black box which collects data, but that never happened. I have documentation of who I talked to and dates, yet still nothing gets done.

I’ve been almost hit trying to get out of my driveway by vehicles traveling at least 80 mph on our street, which is posted at 35 mph. This also includes school bus drivers. If that wasn’t bad enough, the entire street – which runs to SW 66th Street – is a solid yellow line for no passing, but it happens all the time.

I contacted the city’s road maintenance to see what we could do to get a three-way stop at SW 80th and SW 38th Avenue. I was told that we couldn’t have it because the requirement was that there had to be something like five accidents within a certain number of years to qualify, and we didn’t meet that requirement.

I guess someone has to be seriously injured or killed before anything can be done. Tax paying dollars not at work.

Judy West
Ocala resident