Speeding on a busy street is cause for concern for one Lackawanna County community

They want to prevent a tragedy from happening.

OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Some people in Lackawanna County say they want something done to a busy street before tragedy strikes.

The problem is speeding, and since no one was racing to help, the community called our I-Team. When our crews showed up, we found car after car speeding.

There's no doubt there is a problem there, but community officials say they are doing everything they can to stop it. However, neighbors say it's not good enough.

"Sometimes you swear they are going 50 to 60 miles per hour," says John Zupon of Old Forge. "You worry about the kids here."

Zupon fears for the safety of his grandchildren and other kids who live on Taroli Street in Old Forge. The posted speed limit is 25, but he says most drivers simply ignore the signs.

"I'd like to see a stop sign at the top of the hill," says Zupon. "Maybe that will slow it down."

The hill he's speaking of is at the intersection of Taroli Street and Grace Street. He and other folks in the area think another sign would slow down traffic.

"Until an accident happens it will be too late," says Joe Moniak of Old Forge. "It's going to be too sorry for somebody."

Many people use Taroli Street as a shortcut to Moosic Borough. Moniak and Fred Lettieri say they have seen too many close calls before.

"It's an open speedway all the way to Moosic Road," says Lettieri of Old Forge.

"What does it take to put a stop sign to control this?" Says Moniak. "Nip it in the bud?"

According to Chief Jason Dubernas of the Old Forge Police Department, it takes more than one might think.

"Under the guideline you can't use a stop sign for speed control under PennDot regulations," says Chief Dubernas.

"We're not trying not to put a stop sign there because we don't want a stop sign there" says Bob Semenza, Old Forge Council President. "We want to control speeders. Residents are in danger, but it can't be put there, it can't be put there, unfortunately."

Police officers do patrol the neighborhood as much as possible. There are white lines on Taroli Street used to measure the speed of drivers.

Dozens of tickets have been issued in recent months, but they admit they can't be there 24/7.

Old Forge officials say they are looking into other safety options such as additional warning signs for people to slow down. 

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