A grassroots campaign is underway to make a section of Shore Drive in Virginia more safe. Two pedestrians have been killed crossing the street at Cabo Cafe in the past six months, the latest being a Norfolk teacher who died on April 18, while 10 people have apparently been killed there in the past four years.
The mother of one of the recent victims has pleaded with the city to address safety improvements such as adding lights and a crosswalk and bringing down the speed limit at that stretch of the road. The Shore Drive Community Coalition has requested more police patrols and reducing the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph east of the Lesner Bridge.
Certain improvements are coming to the area according to Virginia Beach officials, although budget constraints will limit immediate progress. According to WVEC.com, a recent survey found 19 percent of area residents had been in a bike or car accident at some point on the road.
WVEC aired this report on the situation: