The speed limit as you approach downtown Floyd is 25 miles per hour but you wouldn’t know it based on the speed that trucks and other vehicles travel when they barrel through town.

Too often I’ve watched those huge semis streak down Locust Street at speeds well over 25 while pedestrians jump back because the monsters are traveling much faster than they should.

In recent weeks, we’ve had parked cars hit by trucks that couldn’t make the turn at Route 8 and U.S. 221 under the stop light and I’ve observed too many near misses when cars pull out of side streets and underestimate the speed of the approaching trucks.

Somebody is going to get killed if we don’t take steps to slow these speed demons down. Or do we have to wait for someone to die before action is taken?