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Barrel Battle In North Smithfield

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By: Liz tufts


A North Smithfield man is so fed up with speeders on his street, that he's taking a dramatic step to get them to slow down. But his master plan to protect his family, has hit a major road block.

Ever since Jason Richer bought this home on Douglas Pike in North Smithfield two years ago, he's seen his fair share of accidents. "Where you are standing is skid marks from a truck driving up on my law, " says Richer.

It's gotten so bad, he's afraid to let his kids outside to play. "The worst time is between four and six and that's when they are out of school, " says Richer.

So last month, Richer decided to get creative by putting up barrels, telling drivers to slow down. "It was working really well, " says Richer.

That's until he got this letter in the mail on Thursday from the town's solicitor telling him his barrels have to go. "It's a safety issue and he's instructed the local police do whatever is necessary to make sure they are not on the road, " adds Richer.

Richer has since moved his barrels, but they're not gone completely. Even though they are down they are still a reminder. He says he has rights as a property owner to protect his land and his family. "I own this land and paying taxes but I'm being bullied into not being able to exercise those rights, " says Richer.

Richer says the town told him they want to put up signs of their own, but  until that happen the barrels aren't going anywhere.

We tried contacting the town's solicitor several times, but we never got a call back. Richer says he plans to contact a lawyer to see what rights he has as a property owner.



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