Speeding In Neighborhoods

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

Is speeding a problem in your neighborhood? One Elkhorn man says it is so bad in his that he's looking into getting speed bumps added. An incident last night was the final straw.

“We don't have a lot of cars parked on the street,” said Dale Heiman.

Still, there are plenty of cars traveling down Laramie Street in Elkhorn.

“It just gets way out of hand, everybody loses track of what the speed is,” said Heiman.

It's been a problem but Sunday night the problem got personal for Dale Heiman.

“He saw something in the street or whatever and darted for the street. Happened to be someone driving up, over fast and he was lucky he stopped and she just ran over his paw,” said Heiman.

By Monday night their family dog, Axel, was recovering, using his three strong legs to get around. But Heiman thinks it could have been prevented...if the driver would have just slowed down.

Just down the street Shari Griffin is glad it wasn't her daughter.

“The speeding is just horrible, it's scary for her to even come out here and ride her bike on the sidewalks,” said Griffin.

She says this road is one of two entrances in the neighborhood and people are always in a hurry.

“I would say close to 45 miles an hour, you know it's too fast. 45-50 in a neighborhood,” said Griffin.

Channel 6 wanted to see just how fast neighbors were traveling so we bought a pocket radar detector. We found most people were going 25 to 30 MPH on Laramie Street. The highest speed was 34 MPH.

Holly Paash lives at the end of the street and says the morning rush is the worst.

“It's pretty frustrating, we don't know what else to do,” said Paash.

And now that Axel was hit, Heiman is looking at getting speed bumps installed.

“It might slow people down, way down. If they had one here and down the street we could slow people down to maybe 15 or 20. Not be calling this place Laramie 500,” said Heiman.

It’s not easy to get a speed bump installed in your neighborhood though. Heiman will have to get a petition signed but from there the city will have to determine just how much traffic actually goes through his street.

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