Speed Zapper: 64th & Maple


OMAHA A business owner, fed-up with speeders in his community, turned to WOWT 6 News for help in his neighborhood. According to Fred Walden, drivers regularly speed in Benson near his jewelry shop.

Our WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew went to 64th and Maple, near his business; the same place that Walden has been in car crashes.

"It's just a lot of accidents," said Walden. "I'm not the only one, I think about eight accidents have happened her in the past few years."

Walden has pictures of his truck from a recent wreck. Walden said he was waiting to pull out when a car came off the road and hit him less than a block past a traffic light.

"Some days the children are just getting out of school; it's very dangerous," said Walden, adding that plenty of people walk in Benson.

The speed limit on Maple is 30 miles per hour. In less than 30 minutes the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper tracked four people driving nine miles per hour, or faster, over the speed limit. The top speeder was clocked going 48 miles per hour -- that's 18 miles per hour over the limit.

Walden said he's noticed a difference ever since a traffic light was taken out on Maple, near Benson West Elementary school. According to WOWT 6 News archives, the light was taken out in 2008 because of upgrades to the street. The light was originally put in after a student was struck and killed, but was removed when an overpass was put in for students to cross the road in a safer manner.

Back in 2008, residents complained it would cause more speeding; however, the city traffic engineers told WOWT 6 News that the area didn't see enough traffic to warrant the $60,000 it would cost to re-install the light after street repairs were made.


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