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Port Richey neighbors threaten DIY speed bumps

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When residents of a Port Richey neighborhood griped about too many drivers on their street, they threatened to make their own traffic control measures.

Homeowners on Sun Glo Avenue have two complaints: speeders and traffic from a nearby car dealership.

Two neighbors admit to placing items, including large plastic bins, in the 2-lane road to slow traffic down. Maria Hall sometimes stands in the road, and threatens to build her own speed bumps!

“I will buy the cement from Home Depot or Lowes, with my own money, and put speed bumps every few houses so the kids can play wherever and walk home safely.”

After convincing Hall to stop standing in the road, and advising her that it’s illegal to build your own speed bumps, Meredyth Censullo contacted the Port Richey Police Department.

Chief Gerald DeCanio says the only complaint his department has received from the neighborhood was not about speeders, but rather about the improvised traffic-control measures. Chief DeCanio points out, if a crash occurs because someone purposely put something in the road, the person who put it there is accountable. 

However, he put together a traffic-enforcement detail specifically to target speeders on Sun Glo Avenue and the surrounding streets. 

Additionally, because Hall mentioned that many vehicles from the nearby Ocean Honda dealership routinely use Sun Glo Avenue, 8 On Your Side contacted the general manager. The dealership responded that it hadn’t received any complaints, and admits to regularly using side roads for test drives, to avoid using US-19. But, the general manager agreed to ask employees to stop using Sun Glo Avenue. 

If you have a traffic question or concern, contact Meredyth Censullo at mcensullo@wfla.com, or on Facebook at WFLA Meredyth.

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