TAUNTON – Prospect Street is a disaster waiting to happen, according to Hank Demers.

The 79-year-old resident says speeding has become increasingly common on the narrow connecting road between Dean Street/Route 44 and Summer Street/Route 140.

“They use it as a shortcut,” Demers said. “They go down the road like crazy — they don’t give a damn.”

Demers, who said he’s lived on the block for 25 years with his wife, said he’s not aware of any automobile crashes that have occurred on his street, which allows on-street parking on one side of the road only.

But he says it’s simply a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt or worse.

Demers says he’s made himself something of a nuisance to police, whose headquarters is within walking distance of his family’s house, during the past two years.

“They say they don’t have enough officers to patrol everywhere,” he said. “But it’s got to be straightened out. Nothing ever happens, and nobody watches it.”

His daughter, Gina Fongeallaz, says her father’s complaint is legitimate.

“It’s gotten worse in the past couple years. They’re flying down the street,” she said.

Fongeallaz, 49, said she owns the two-family house at 35 Prospect St. where she and her family and parents live.

She suggested police consider placing their radar trailer unit, which displays a vehicle’s speed as it approaches, on the street.

Fongeallaz also says it wouldn’t hurt if police were to arrange for a couple of speed-limit signs to be installed.

The only signs on Prospect Street are for no parking on one side of the street; a yellow school-zone warning near the top of the block not far from the old Summer Street School building; and another one indicating the presence of children.

Fongeallaz says that parked cars in the past have been hit by less-than-careful drivers.

She also said that a driver one time clipped off the side mirror of her husband’s truck that had been parked on the street at night.

“I wish they could do something about it,” said Andrew Rys, who lives with his family next door at 39 Prospect St.

Rys, 50, agrees that speeding on his street is a problem.

The former Summer Street School at the corner of Prospect and Summer streets is used by the school department as part of its extended daycare program for children of working parents.

Zen Chaves, who works as office secretary, said she can hear vehicles on the street from where she sits, especially when the window is open.

Chaves says there’s even been more than one occasion when she’s witnessed tractor-trailer trucks turning onto Prospect Street.

“Maybe they got lost,” she said, adding that “I don’t know how the heck they managed to fit.”

Demers said some drivers toss trash, such as empty bottles, out their windows.

He also said he sometimes sees and hears dirt bikes running up and down the street.

City Councilor Deborah Carr called Prospect Street “a very tough road.”

“It’s a cut-through between 44 and 140. I do it all the time, but I don’t speed,” she said, adding that “it’s not a wide road, and it’s very congested.”

Carr said anyone who has completed a driver’s education course should know that the speed limit on Prospect Street is either 25 mph or 30 mph.

“It certainly isn’t 35 or 40,” she said.

Carr said she’s not surprised that Prospect Street lacks a single speed-limit sign: “It’s not unusual. There probably are 150 streets in the city without any,” she said.

Carr said she’s willing to arrange for the police speed-indicator unit to be placed on Prospect Street.

“If Mr. Demers would like me to make a motion to put the speed trailer there I would be happy to do it,” she said.

A message left for police safety officer Chris Williams was not immediately returned.