It's summertime in the Heartland; that means fewer kids in school and more outside playing in neighborhoods.
Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration listed car accidents as the top cause of death for children ages two to 14. With that in mind, the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper Crew hit a number of locations that were pegged as "trouble spots" by our viewers.
52nd & Grover
In recent months the drivers on this street say traffic has picked up. The speeds appear to have picked up too.
A top speeder was caught, on camera, driving 53 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. That's 18 miles per hour over the speed limit, but those who live nearby didn't seem surprised by the number.
"You can hardly see a car and it's already there," said a woman who was out for a morning walk. "They come fast!"
49th & S
Mark Bammer wrote the WOWT 6 News Speed Zapper crew. He said it was a dangerous area because there are no sidewalks, but people are still on the street.
It didn't take long to see the problems Bammer emailed WOWT 6 News about. The first car the Speed Zapper crew encountered was driving 38 miles per hour. That's 13 miles per hour above the posted 25.
168th & Giles
The Palisades subdivision near 168th & Giles has speed bumps, but Michael Wisnieski contacted WOWT 6 News because they haven't seemed to help.
After a few minutes, it became clear that most people slow down for the speed bumps, but speed up to make up for it.
"Parents still speed up over the top of the hill when the neighborhood is full of young kids," wrote Wisnieksi.
The Speed Zapper caught several people driving 33 miles per hour, that's eight miles per hour above the speed limit during the morning hours.
70th & Wirt
The Speed Zapper crew made a stop at 70th and Wirt this week. A WOWT 6 News viewer told us that cars were whizzing through the neighborhood, however, the top speeder this week during our stop was 29 miles per hour, four miles per hour above the posted speed limit.