Concerns raised over speeding in one Pleasant Valley neighborhood

MARION COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV)-- "My mom was almost hit by a car trying to pass a school bus as she was getting my son off the bus. Right here, on this road," said concerned resident, Sam Brunett.

For years, many residents living on Pleasant Valley Rd in Marion County see and hear cars speeding through the residential areas.

"We can't even take a walk down the street with our dog because it's not safe," said another resident, Jennifer Lesmann.

The speed limit is 40 mph for the nearly 2 mile stretch of the road. However, more often than not the people who live there say trucks, cars and motorcycles fly through it all the time.

5 News: "How many cars would you say are definitely not going the speed limit?"

"I would say at least 50% of the cars. When I'm saying, not going the speed limit I've seen cars and motorcycles go down here reaching 90 mph," said Brunett.

Pleasant Valley City Councilor, Emily Haddix says she's worked for three years to get the DOH or the Sheriff's Department to do something about it. Brunett saying he, as well as others, have also tried.

"We've had petitions presented to the DOH by Senator Bob Beach. Mike Caputo has proposed legislation to allow municipalities to lower the speed limit."

Many families who live here have young children. With that, comes strict rules for where they can and cannot play for the sheer fact of staying safe.

"I don't want my son or his friends to be anywhere near that," said Lesmann.

"I personally put up a fence just to keep my children in the backyard to keep them away form this road," said Brunett.

Getting the mail and walking to the school bus also pose a danger to everyone on this street.

Residents say Pleasant Valley doesn't have a police department and if it did roadways like this could be monitored more often.

"Those kids are going to be getting on the school buses and we want to keep those kids as safe as possible," said Brunett.

Residents say since the road parallels I-79, it often becomes a main thoroughfare when there are delays on the highway.

5 News reached out to the DOH for a comment, but they didn't respond in time for this report.