Woodbridge residents are getting fed up over speeding traffic on residential streets and the lack of law enforcement to bring it to a halt.
Indiana, Lilac, Orange, Mokelumne and Augusta streets - all in Woodbridge's older residential area - are plagued by cars going 40 to 60 mph, residents say.
And on Woodbridge Road, from Mokelumne Street to the western end of town at Windwood Drive, is a speeder's paradise, according to residents.
"It's a bloody freeway on Woodbridge Road," Mike Devencenzi, chairman of the Woodbridge Municipal Advisory Council, said at Tuesday's council meeting at the Lodi Elks Lodge.
Drivers seem to be at their worst in the early morning hours, when drivers turn northwest from Chestnut Street onto Woodbridge Road.
"Somebody is going to get creamed," he added.
The issue wasn't solved at Tuesday's MAC meeting, but Devencenzi said he will request that the California Highway Patrol and San Joaquin County Public Works Department thoroughly examine the issue at the Jan. 26 MAC meeting. The CHP was invited to Tuesday's meeting, but none of its representatives showed up.
Therefore, Tuesday's sparsely attended MAC meeting proved to be more of a chance for MAC members and other Woodbridge residents to vent their frustrations about a small town with big traffic problems.
"Mokelumne is outrageous; Augusta Street is out of control," Municipal Advisory Council member Mary Avanti said.
So is Indiana Street, Avanti added.
"It just turns into a drag strip," Augusta Street resident Cara Fink said in an interview Monday. Fink also attended the MAC meeting on Tuesday.
People tend to accelerate to 40 or 60 mph after turning into her neighborhood from Chestnut Street onto Augusta Street, Fink said.
Most of the speeding through the residential area, Fink said, is after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturdays. Through Fink's efforts, a CHP officer parked in front of Fink's house Saturday to watch cars speed by.
Fink said she is especially concerned about speeders because she has two 6-year-old children without a sidewalk or fence in front of her house. So she doesn't let her children play in the front yard.
County Sheriff's Lt. Ruben Orozco told the MAC that deputies aren't experts in traffic, but they can help with traffic enforcement whenever they can. Speeding enforcement is difficult for sheriff's deputies, Orozco told the MAC, because it is more difficult to prove speeding than other traffic violations.
Fink said she plans to ask the San Joaquin County Public Works Department to install a 25 mph sign with the words "radar enforced" on her street.
"It's for the safety of the children," she said.
It's dangerous enough now, Fink said, but she's even more concerned for children next year, when they will be walking to the former Woodbridge Middle School. The school is being renovated and will open as an elementary school in September 2006.
On her own property, Fink has installed two signs saying "Please slow down; kids at play." Some young people have mocked her signs, she said.
While discussing Woodbridge Road as it heads northwest from the traffic circle connecting it with Chestnut and Mokelumne streets, MAC member Ron Rader suggested that 25 mph speed limit signs be posted on Woodbridge Road.
The speed limit is 25 mph, but people drive considerably faster, Rader and Devencenzi said. The only sign westbound drivers see is an "end 25 mph limit" sign past Windwood Drive as Woodbridge Road becomes rural, Rader said.
Another source of frustration is the two-year-old traffic circle at the three-way intersection of Mokelumne and Chestnut streets and Woodbridge Road.
Dave DeLeon, who has lived at the intersection for seven years, said in a Monday interview that young people smoked their tires earlier this year by driving 4-wheel-drive trucks around in circles on the roundabout between 2 and 4 a.m.
DeLeon didn't attend Tuesday's Municipal Advisory Council meeting.
"I don't want to make it look like Woodbridge people are horrible people; they aren't," DeLeon said on Monday.
"About 75 to 80 percent of all (drivers) really respect the law," DeLeon said. "You do have people who don't respect the law and race through there as fast as they can. They just cross over the circle as if it's nothing."
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