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A Warren County community wants more safety measures after car crashes into house

Neighbors say speeding, minimal traffic signs and not enough tickets being issued will most likely be the reason another crash happens.

Posted: Oct 21, 2019 7:55 PM

WARREN COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A car crash in a rural part of Warren County has sparked major concerns among neighbors.

This weekend a driver drove a vehicle into the side of a home that sits at the corner of Main Street and CR 675 North.

Neighbors say speeding, minimal traffic signs and not enough tickets being issued will most likely be the reason another crash happens.

But bringing this request to life isn't easy according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Katherine and Harold Bass have a lot more to think about after a car crashed into the backside of their home over the weekend.

“Nobody knows whether she was speeding or not you know but when she did try to hit the brake she probably just hit the petal, you know, the gas pedal,” said Katherine Bass.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office determined this crash was accidental, saying the driver approached the intersection of Main Street and County Road 675 North when they hit the gas instead of the brake. But the Basses believe with the speeding they see, this could happen again.

“People drive down through here 60-70 miles an hour and they ignore the signs,” said Harold. “We have finally got a 20 mile an hour speed limit sign up here and that's been up maybe what a month and a half after everybody complained about it.”

There is one speed-limit sign, one curve warning sign and one stop-sign placed at the three-way intersection but neighbors want more.

“People are going to ignore the signs,” said Harold. “If you've ever gone someplace, people just pull up to a red light and just keep right on going, you know, they're going to ignore it unless there's somebody.. cameras or something watching them.”.

Warren County Sheriff Rusty Hart said more patrol would be ideal but it's easier said than done.

“We'd love to give them a lot more patrol and we try our best to spend some time in those small communities and enforce the traffic laws but, it's just, you know, only so much to go around,” said Hart.

Seven full-time deputies to be exact working to provide 24-hour coverage.

“We can go up and take a look at what signage is there and if we think there's a need to have some more signage,” said Hart. “That'll be something that the superintendent and the county commissioners can address and I'll certainly help the residents with getting that done.”

We'll continue looking into the updates with the intersection.

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