San Carlos Park neighborhood pleads for drivers to slow down

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

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SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. - A San Carlos Park neighborhood is turning to Fox 4 in Your Corner for help after two kids got hit by a car on Pineapple Road.  Homeowners said it's time to do something about drivers speeding down their road before another incident happens. 

"Something has to happen now because it's a fatality waiting to happen," said homeowner Bill Morea. "I've seen them come down this road at 60 mph and better."

On November 27, two kids riding a bike got hit by a car near the intersection of Miami Boulevard. and Pineapple Road. The kids weren't seriously injured, but neighbors said it's only a matter of time before something even more serious happens. 

"All we're asking as a neighborhood is to slow the traffic down," said resident Andrew Alvarez. 

Alvarez said he, and other neighbors, have reached out to Lee County Department of Transportation numerous times requesting speed bumps on Pineapple Road, but haven't received a response from the county. 

Fox 4 reached out to see what it would take to get speed bumps installed.  County Spokeswoman Betsy Clayton said Department of Transportation officials have performed a speed investigation on Pineapple Road before, and determined that 85% of drivers drive below 35 mph. As a result, officials determined speed bumps weren't needed. 

Fox 4 then contacted Lee County Sheriff's Office to request officers conduct speed enforcement along the road.  Lieutenant Larry King with the public information office confirmed Pineapple Road would get added to the Traffic Unit's list of roads to monitor, and deputies will perform speed enforcement there. 

These neighbors appreciate anything that could get drivers to slow down. 

"It's easier to prevent it than have it happen," Morea said.