Police in Southington are keeping a close watch over a busy intersection after reports from concerned residents who fear the excessive speeding has gotten out of hand.
"You just hope somebody slows down before someone gets hurt,” said Joe Fazzino of Southington.
Fazzino has lived on Mulberry Street for nearly 20 years, and he said he’s seen cars fly down the road, going nearly 80 miles per hour in a highly residential area.
On Tuesday, a woman who lives in Southington posted a message to the town’s open forum on Facebook, saying she was out for a run with her friend over the weekend and was almost hit by a truck and a car.
"It's a dangerous thing when you're going over the posted limit,” Fazzino said.
Others in the area said homes have been hit, trash cans have been knocked over, and lawns have been destroyed by drivers who lost control while behind the wheel.
Large stop signs were placed at the corner of Mulberry and Old Turnpike Road a few years ago, in hopes of slowing traffic down.
Fazzino said sometimes that’s not enough, as people just blow through them.
"It's a long skid to a stop so you know they're going really fast,” Fazzino said.
People who live near the corner say speeding isn't the only problem. It's also very noisy, with cars and motorcycles passing through.
Police said they regularly assign officers to patrol the busy intersections in town and are aware of the problem.
Cruisers park along the side of the road constantly, monitoring the speed of passing cars.
Police are urging everyone to slow down and drive carefully, especially since school is out for the summer and children are outside.
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