Speed Zapper: Neighborhood Concerns

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OMAHA Statistics have proven time and time again that bad, even deadly, accidents happen close to home.

According to Progressive Insurance, 77 percent of car accidents happen within 15 miles of our homes. Narrow the area to a single mile and the statistics still show that 23 percent of accidents happen in that area.

Homeowners from a variety of areas have been reaching out to the Speed Zapper crew. Many of them, like Monita Smith, report it's the people in their own neighborhood that are breaking traffic laws.

43rd & Grant

After years of living within ear shot of 43rd and Grant, Smith can't believe what sounds don't come from the intersection.

Smith told WOWT 6 News that she rarely hears people hit their brakes. Those that do are usually extra loud because they're hitting them last minute to avoid an accident.

"I get scared for the kids," said Smith. "The people that fly through here are going to get hurt."

When the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew stopped by speeding wasn't the biggest problem -- it was people obeying the rules of a stop sign. Several people ran the stop sign; others tapped their brakes before moving on. Smith told the Speed Zapper crew that it was an improvement from what she typically sees.

"That's only because he saw you," said Smith as a car hit their brakes at the last second. "He comes through here every day. No stop."

A construction worker from further down the road stopped by to see why a camera was in his neighborhood. He backed up Smith's story about speeding and braking problems in the neighborhood. He said that he's worried about his workers because people don't care how fast they drive around 43rd and Grant.

Cuming near Saddle Creek

This week a radar gun with a speed read out was placed on Cuming near Saddle Creek.

Despite being on radar, and camera, it seemed drivers were still having trouble staying under the speed limit.

At one point it appeared to register a single vehicle at 50 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. The driver hit their brakes and got the reading down to 40 miles per hour, still 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.

"That's an improvement," said George Nigh, a man who has lived on Cuming for several years. "absolutely, it's taken five or 10 miles per hour off almost every body's speed."

Nigh said he's hoping that when the sign is removed drivers remember to keep the speed limit in mind.

40th & Sprague

Another viewer wrote the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew about a trouble spot near 40th and Sprague.

The viewer said the area is being used like a race track. We two different drivers topping out at 34 miles per hour. That's nine miles per hour above the speed limit.


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