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Signs Installed After Damonte Ranch Residents Demand Lower Speed Limits

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The city of Reno has installed two signs in Damonte Ranch advising drivers to slow down, after residents raised concerns about drivers hitting wild horses in the roadways.

The electronic message boards were put up on Rio Wrangler Parkway. They read "Advise 35 MPH". The current speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

Residents expressed concerns to the city after several car crashes happened recently, killing a few wild horses. They say they are ultimately concerned about the safety of pedestrians and are demanding the speed limit be reduced permanently.

Rio Wrangler Drive off of Veterans Parkway is a busy thoroughfare connecting thousands to their homes. Along the way, blind corners and a speed limit of 45 miles per hour is proving to be deadly.

“A couple wild horses, actually two of them have been killed, one injured,” said resident Andrea Morese.

The latest crash was on Rio Wrangler and Brittany Park Drive. Residents think this could be a precursor to a much worse situation.

“We should all take warning from these horses getting hit that the next one could be a pedestrian,” said Morese.

“We want to make sensible changes to make it safer for us and the horses,” said resident Brad Kroshus.

They have started an online petition demanding the Reno City Council approve a speed limit reduction on Rio Wrangler from 45 to 30 miles per hour. They also want increased street lighting and more flashing horse warning signage since horses are all too common in the area.

There are currently over 150 signatures and several calls have gone into Reno’s service center, "Reno Direct".

“We understand the slow pace of city government, which is why we are trying to petition them with several signatures so they can move faster for this public safety concern,” said Kroshus. 

The City of Reno tells Channel 2 News that it is aware of the issue, and that residents are encouraged to share their thoughts through Reno Direct or Neighborhood Advisory Board meetings. 

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