Patrick Lynch and his family have lived on Winona Boulevard in Irondequoit for nearly 12 years.
He loves his neighborhood, but there’s now a growing problem.
Lynch says cars come flying down his 35 MPH street, which is not far from Irondequoit Middle and High Schools.
He says in some cases, they go so fast that he can actually hear them from inside his home.
“I have a heightened sensitivity to it now,” said Lynch. “I’ll be the first person to admit that.”
The neighborhood he lives in is no stranger to accidents. Just last month, a West Irondequoit student was hit by a car at an intersection where he was riding his bike.
Lynch’s own son, Michael, was hit and killed by a car just down the street from where he lived.
Lynch is calling on police to strictly enforce the speed limit so no one else gets hit.
Irondequoit Police Chief, Richard Tantalo, says police cars are stationed at the ends of what are called feeder streets, which lead to the schools on Cooper Road.
“We have been very proactive in the area of our school zones. In particular this year, because of the tragedy we suffered,” said Tantalo. “We are in the process of a town wide speed reduction plan for 2018.”
The plan includes creating additional signage to some of the problem areas where cars are known to speed. They’re even testing the feasibility of adding speed bumps.
But for Lynch, he’s okay with whatever it takes to ensure his family and everyone else in his neighborhood is safe.
“I think the answer lies in enforcement, writing out and giving out tickets,” said Lynch.