Also: Car breaks, thefts on the rise in Ormond
The City Commission voted May 3 to send a letter to Volusia County in support of a proposed change in the speed limit on Hand Avenue west of Nova Road.
Traveling west from Nova Road, the speed limit on Hand Avenue is 45 mph and then changes to 50 mph. It remains 50 mph west to Williamson Boulevard.
In response to citizens’ requests to lower the speed limit, Volusia County Traffic Engineering commissioned a study and found that the 50 mph speed should be lowered, due to curves, driveways and a major intersection.
In the letter, the city of Ormond Beach supports changing the speed limit to 45 mph for the full length west of Nova Road.
Vehicle crime increases
Ormond Beach police have reported an increase in vehicle burglaries and stolen vehicles from private residences. Victims are leaving valuables in plain view in their cars and trucks and leaving the vehicles unlocked, police say.
Garage door openers were left inside some burglarized vehicles and used to enter the home. Several vehicles had a spare key left inside and were subsequently stolen.
Officers are increasing their patrols and are asking for the public’s help by rolling up windows, locking doors and removing valuables, keys and garage door openers.
For information on how to prevent these and other types of crimes, contact the Ormond Beach Police Department’s Community Outreach Unit at 676-3526 or 676-3553.