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Mother Not Satisfied With New Speed Limit After Son's Death

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DELMAR, Del. - Every day is the same struggle for Becky West.

"Everything I look at reminds me of him," said West. 

She's still coping with the loss of her son, Jared, who was killed one October night in 2011 after being struck by a car just a quarter of a mile from his home on Providence Church Road.

"It was difficult for me to even walk down my driveway and take the mail out of the mailbox," said West,

Watching cars zooming down the road everyday has been excruciating, so she and a few neighbors decided to lobby DelDOT to lower the speed limit and "Drive 35".  West says it takes "37 seconds, a bit more than half a minute, longer to drive the half mile strip at 35 miles per hour instead of 50 mph. It's a half minute that can save a life."

With the help of Rep. Tim Dukes (R), the speed limit was recently lowered from 50 mph to 45 mph.

"There's a lot of houses in a small amount of space," said Rep. Dukes.

But still residents say it may not be enough.

Richard Luffman, who lives off of Providence Church Road says he won't let his three kids play in the front yard for fear of them accidentally standing to close to passing cars.

"You go to the military, you've been in the desert, you get shot at, that's scary," said Luffman, a military veteran. "But when you walk to your own mailbox and you're worried about losing your own life going to the mailbox, that's just sad."

According to a DelDOT spokesman, since the Fall 2011, five speed studies have been conducted at different times of the day. The studies found that 85 percent of cars that travel on Providence Church go at an average speed of 54 mph. WMDT asked officials why they decided to lower the speed limit by only five miles per hour.

"There are more methods that DelDOT can use to make roads safer. Just lowering a speed limit itself will typically not solve the problem," said a DelDOT spokesperson.

Though West says she may not continue to fight for a speed change, she is looking into adding slow down signs to the area.

To read previous stories about Jared West, see below:

 

Community Still Pushing For Changes On The Roadway For Jared's Memory

Slow Down In Memory Of Jared West

Jared West, Gone But Never Forgotten

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