JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Speed limits expected to be reduced in a San Marco neighborhood just days after a 13-year-old was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
The reduction would change the speed limit for the Colonial Manor Neighborhood from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour. It has been a change in the making, neighbors told First Coast News.
"I think five years is longer than any of us anticipated when we started this effort certainly," said neighbor John Baxter.
The area tends to attract a lot of foot traffic, especially children.
"Just on London Road, we have 13 children," said neighbor Holly McMurry. "We have bikers, we have strollers, we have skateboarders."
They said a lot of neighbors filed complaints to the City, as well as JSO about speeding motorists. However, Baxter said chains of emails and neighbor complaints weren't enough.
"You have to go door to door," he said.
Baxter and his neighbors did just that, saying persistence is the key to change.
“The volunteers that went around to get signatures sometimes had to knock on doors six and eight times just to get people to answer their doors because they thought we were selling something,' he said.
Nearly 400 people tired of seeing so many use London street as a speeding short-cut.
Now, much-anticipated stakes standby marking off the new signs' destination.
“We realize this might not get every motorist to slow down, but if we can just get one person to slow down and go more reasonable residential speed, then hopefully one child’s life will be saved," he said.