Resident Puts Up ‘Slow Down’ Signs in Stroud Township

STROUD TOWNSHIP -- A man in the Poconos is hoping some bright signs will get drivers to slow down on his neighborhood road.

People driving on Route 191 in Stroud Township may have noticed signs that read, "slow down," as part of an effort to get drivers to lay off the gas.

They aren't the size of billboards and they don't light up with your speed, but these bright signs are catching some attention. Along Route 191 in Analomink, seven signs that read "slow down" can be seen tacked to trees or in yards on Paradise Trail.

Ron Strunk put them up.

"I put them up thinking it would help going through here, but it don't help," said Strunk. "I put the signs up before and I say the only thing they know is where their horn is and their gas pedal."

Strunk has lived here for more than 70 years. He says the speeding problem has been around for as long as he can remember. He says he even has a hard time backing out of his driveway.

"It's a small village of Analomink, just slow down. You have people who live here. You have kids that live here. Slow down."

A crash that involved speeding actually took out the whole front entrance of a church. Now that it's fixed, people here hope the speeding issue also gets fixed.

Dorothy Stem is the pastor at Analomink United Methodist Church. She sees the speeding issue firsthand every weekend and hopes the efforts work.

"I do appreciate that the signs are there and I hope it does have some impact but as you can see, just today, in the short time that we are here, they fly down this road."

One building over is Joni's Breakfast and Lunch. Owners say the building has been hit on many occasions. While our cameras were rolling, owner Joan Hannon pointed out several speeding vehicles.

"This truck, too, he's got to be doing easily 50 miles an hour. The ground rumbles as they drive by and it's frightening."

According to PennDOT, as long as these signs are out of the right of way, they can stay up.

Authorities have been made aware of the speeding and say they plan to combat the issue as best they can.