Speed Zapper: Northwest High School


Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. According to the CDC, the risk of a crash is the highest among teen drivers than any other age group. The latest plea to our WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper team combines teen drivers, and teens walking by people driving too fast.

A viewer wrote WOWT stating that "people totally ignore the flashing lights," by Northwest High School. We sent our crew to the area along Crown Pointe Avenue and found evidence to support the claims.

It took less than two minutes to find a teenage driver going 42 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. Our crew waited a few more minutes and found a driver going 47 miles per hour. That's 22 miles per hour over, nearly double the posted speed limit.

Compared to recent spots, the drive near Northwest High School appeared to be the most dangerous. The average driver on that day was over the speed limit. The WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper team even found a school bus that appeared to be speeding, it was clocked at seven miles per hour above the speed limit.

A call was placed to Omaha Public School Transportation about what we saw. We learned that bus drivers with Omaha Public Schools are contracted through Student Transportation of America. Complaints to the OPS Transportation office get forwarded to them, where complaints are reviewed. A copy of this story is being sent.

If you would like Matthew Smith and the speed zapper to visit your neighborhood, email us at sixonline@wowt.com.


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