Speed a concern in Hampstead on Highway 210
A stretch of road in Pender County continues to concern residents. They say cars fly around the bend as you enter Hampstead on Highway 210, and they want the speed limit reduced before someone else gets hurt.
“So when they come up to the blueberry stand and say I almost got creamed by a car, we say here’s our petition, please sign it,” said Melissa Hendrickson, a concerned resident.
Hendrickson and her family have owned and operated Farmer Mac’s Blueberry Farm for nearly thirty years. Since then, they’ve watched car after car speed along the curve of 210 that intersects with their driveway. They say enough is enough.
“I don’t know what it’s going to take, maybe us saying something on camera, and everybody else realizing what’s going on,” Shawn Hendrickson said.
Highway patrol has no way of tracking accidents that occur in one specific location, but the Hendricksons say they’ve personally witnessed five car crashes, including one fatality.
Not only are they worried about high speeds, but also there are young children who live on Berry Patch Road. At the end of the school day, the bus drops the kids off across the road, so for the kids who live on Berry Patch Road, they have to cross Highway 210 just to get home.”
The Hendricksons have contacted Highway Patrol, and the Department of Transportation. “What I got was they were studying the issue and thanks for calling,” Shawn said.
The family simply wants drivers to be forced to slow down when coming around the curve.
The Hendricksons told us their postal carrier asked to have their mailboxes moved off 210 and onto their driveway, so she would feel safer delivering their mail.
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