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Mailboxes destroyed by cars in Cape Coral

Posted at 6:27 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 18:27:53-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Some Cape Coral residents won't be receiving their mail, Tuesday, due to damages to their mailboxes from cars. Residents on Ninth Street and Andalusia Blvd. say they've had to replace their mailbox four to five times in the past couple of years.

“People come flying down the road and clip the mailboxes and take them out. This time they took out the entire post," said Todd Howell, who's mailbox separated from the post after a driveby.

According to the USPS mailbox guidelines, they suggest the mailbox being "six to eight inches" from the road. It doesn't leave a ton of options for Howell to move it closer to his home and away from the road.

Howell says he's tried everything from putting reflectors, to metal bars, to even getting steel mailboxes, but he says nothing has worked. His neighbor, Roque Mata, says it's cars that speed on the main road that are the main reason the issue is reoccurring, creating an extra level of danger.

“It’s going to keep happening if someone doesn’t stop it and somebody’s going to get hurt.”