It is a wide open, divided road and most drivers feel like they're crawling along West Maple Road at 45 miles per hour. The speed limit hasn't changed, but according to the number of tickets issued, driving habits have.
The 45 mph speed limit was posted due to the likely development of the area between 168th and 204th Streets. Now, a few years later new construction is beginning to justify those concerns.
In May of 2010, Channel Six reported on the frustrated drivers and the number of speeding tickets issued between 228th and 132nd Streets along West Maple Road. The Omaha City Prosecutor's office provided us with the statistics for a time period 18 months before that story ran in 2010. According to their records, more than 1,400 speeding citations were issued.
We returned to the area this week and noticed that there are new developments and two new traffic lights at 192nd Street and another at 180th Street. Groundwork is beginning on another housing development near 192nd Street.
Traffic citations have also dropped. Sgt. Tucker Wheeler patrols the area for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. He said, "I think it's pretty well known that this an area that radar is run."
That seems to be holding true. We asked the City Prosecutor's office to run the same numbers for us again. Three years later, using the same stretch of West Maple Road there have been 335 fewer tickets issued.