Residents near Hillcrest Elementary School in Holland are trying to slow down drivers on Old Jordan Road.
A driver reached out to Northampton Patch on Facebook and said that on Saturday, Aug. 18, several people were standing at the end of a driveway near the elementary school holding signs that read "slow down" in a 25 MPH zone. The driver, Chrissy Beato Albaladejo, said she was driving between 25 and 30 MPH when two adults jumped into the street.
"The adults jumped out into the street and started taking video of my car with their phones and almost cause[d] me to swerve and crash," Albaladejo posted on Facebook. "I understand the need for pedestrians to be aware of speeding cars in their neighborhood, but this incident could have caused an accident."
Albaladejo called the police, who were then dispatched to a road hazard on Old Jordan Road.
Police Chief Barry Pilla told Patch that when a police arrived to the 1100 block of Old Jordan Road he found three plastic signs in the middle of the road way.
"It appears that a resident decided to attempt to slow down traffic," Pilla said. "The signs were removed from the roadway and the person responsible was told not to place any more signs in the roadway."
The officer addressed the resident concerns about speeding vehicles on the road, and explained that Old Jordan Road is on the police department's regularly monitored "Selected Traffic Enforcement D-Run" list.
The resident requested that a portable radar unit be placed on the road, and the officer said the request would be forwarded to the appropriate office.
A slow down sign was also placed on the resident's front lawn.
"If someone is speeding," Albaladejo suggested that people just call the cops if someone is speeding instead of "jumping out into the street taking video or pics of a moving car, speeding or not."
"Don't take the law into your own hands," she said.
If you have a non-emergency traffic concern, report it to the Northampton Township Police Department.