Speed Zapper: 139th & Kingswood

This week's Speed Zapper report takes us to a west Omaha neighborhood.

Kingswood Drive leads into Willa Cather Elementary and Millard North Middle School.

Neighbor say it's an area populated with speeding cars, and lots of kids.

On a weekday afternoon, the stretch of Kingswood Avenue near 139th Street stays pretty busy.

There are lots of cars heading to the two nearby schools.

Then, there's kids walking home; some who find their way into the street.

"Well, that's scary. That's scary. You're hoping that they see them. You see a lot of people on telephones, talking on their phone going by and picking up their kids," says John Schae, a neighbor.

We put the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper to work.

The speed limit was 25, and we saw speeds of up to 34. That may not seem too excessive, but with kids in the area, the speed limit is posted for a reason.

Due to that danger, Monica Nelle won't let her kids walk alone. She's there every step of the way.

"I do have to be extra careful. It's not like a regular neighborhood like if you lived along here or anything like that, like a regular street, because it's a lot busier, so I have to really be careful with them," she says.

Once the results were in, the average speed was 24, a mile under the limit.

However, the highest speed at 34, is nine miles over the limit. If you hit a child at that speed, the chances of serious injury or death go way up.

WOWT 6 News sent the findings to the neighborhood and police department.


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