Speed Zapper: 185th Circle and Shadow Ridge Drive

OMAHA It's not just one problem that's bothering a parent in West Omaha, but two. Speeding mixed with drivers running stop signs has created a dangerous situation near 185th and Shadow Ridge Drive.

Tom Foley contacted the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew to raise awareness about the problem. According to Foley, he's not sure many options are left.

"My heart almost stops seeing these cars zipping by," said Foley. "At nighttime these cars wouldn't see a kid, they might hit them."

Foley is so worried about collisions near his home, that he's built up a tree line to enclose it. From his back porch you can see the problem, during an interview with WOWT 6 News a few dozen cars drove by and few stopped.

"As you can see," Foley pointed to a car driving through a stop sign almost on cue, "right there, they just roll right through."

Foley said he questioned his Home Owner’s Association about building a speed bump near the three-way stop. He said that he found out he'd have to foot the bill for a traffic study before anything could be done. He hasn't given up on the idea, but he's hoping to raise awareness and get a little help to make a change in his neighborhood.

In a half-hour, the Speed Zapper crew witnessed a handful of drivers speeding, but the real concern was the amount of people who drove through stop signs. At one point during this story's shoot three trucks approached the stop sign in a row with only one person stopping. The Speed Zapper crew went one step further and placed a camera pointed at the intersection for five minutes, uninterrupted, of the 15 cars that drove through the area only 10 stopped.

The cost of a speed ticket varies depending on what road and what speed you're going. According to Omaha Police, a ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign costs $75.


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