Speed Zapper: Military Avenue

Following requests from our viewers, our WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper report took us to Military Avenue in Omaha.

The area is known as a site of tragedy, but it seems not to have stopped the speeding problem.

Military Avenue, clearly marked with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour, runs downhill through a residential area.

Leah Derry, one neighbor, has two kids she keeps very close when they're outside.

She said many drivers aren't as careful.

"Tons, Tons of speeding," she explained.

We know the stretch of Military Avenue is dangerous. It was on that road about 15 years ago that Freddie Kellum Jr. crossed the street to go to the park when he was hit by a car and killed.

As a result, the city put in a stoplight at the spot to make things safer.

"But when the stoplight is not in use, there's no one passing. People fly by," Derry said.

We took the Channel 6 Speed Zapper out for a closer look at the numbers. That day, the road was in a work zone.

In the 35 mile per hour speed zone, we saw speeds like 44, 50, and even 67.

Military runs right along St. Bernard's Catholic School. Those numbers were alarming to Principal Mark Zulkoski. "We're sending reminders to parents and neighbors about trying to adhere to the speed limits because sometimes we do have kids that don't quite follow the rules and cross where they shouldn't cross," he said.

Our results show that the average speed was 36 miles per hour. The slowest speed was 30. The highest speed, nearly double the speed limit, was 67 miles per hour.

We released our findings to the neighborhood and the police.

Omaha Police say if they would have caught that driver going 67 miles per hour, they could have charged that person with reckless driving, and sent them to court.

Police would also have had the option to ticket them for going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, which would result in a $200 fine, which would have doubled in the construction zone.


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