Speed Zapper: 60th Street & Other Trouble Spots

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OMAHA The AAA Foundation for Traffic has plenty of research available on traffic; among the more interesting facts they've uncovered: speeding triples the odds of crashing.

For those who've been contacting the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew, the theme is often in line with that data. Many people say they want attention on their streets because they're afraid that an accident is just days away.

60th & Oak

As for a neighborhood along 60th Street, that accident isn't days away. In fact, several have happened in the past year. Buzz Wigham contacted WOWT 6 News because he's having trouble even backing out of his driveway, but he became more concerned when someone actually crashed their vehicle into his neighbors driveway. Wigham suspects that speed played a role in that crash.

"I'm just seeing cars go way over the speed limit," said Wigham. "I know they are. I may not have your 'zapper' but I can tell when they're going too fast.

The speed limit on 60th is 40 miles per hour. It only took five minutes to catch four people going 10 miles per hour or faster on that street during the morning commute. The top speeder was going 54 miles per hour, that's 14 miles an hour over the posted speed limit.

Wigham said he's fought for a lowered speed limit, or speed bumps, but neither will work where he lives. 60th Street is an arterial road, so Bigham has been told the street wouldn't be elgible for preventative measures.

88th & Westridge

Ross Pollpeter wrote the Speed Zapper crew about a concern he's having near 88th Street and Westridge Drive.

"(Speeding) concerns us because so many families live in our neighborhood, many with kids who play outside every chance they get," wrote Pollpeter.

On a day with hardly any drivers, our Speed Zapper crew still found speeders.

One driver made a stop next to us and continued down the drive picking up speed until she was out of the range of the Speed Zapper. Her top recorded speed 32 miles an hour, that's seven miles an hour over the speed limit.

33rd & Ida

Speeding has also raised concern for a homeowner near 33rd and Ida. A quick stop in that neighborhood led to a top speeder going 33 miles per hour. The posted limit on that street was 25, eight miles an hour below what a driver was caught doing.


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