Hillside lane in Millcreek may look like any other quiet street. But some people who live near this 25 mph road tell ABC 4 - speeders are a big problem.
“I've seen way too many close calls for the kids,” said Kellley Birkeland, Millcreek resident.
Birkeland has three young daughters. She and other mothers in the neighborhood cross Hillside Lane everyday to walk their kids to school. But with no crosswalk, each time they're worried about out of control drivers who won't stop.
“I won't let her cross Hillside by herself. I've got to be there with her because it's just too scary and the other mom's in the area feel the same way,” said Birkeland.
So we grabbed the ABC 4 Speed Zapper, and paired up with Unified Police to stop speeders causing concern. It didn't take long find offenders.
“We only had two seconds between that car and this car,” said Reporter Brian Carlson.
“Yes, that's correct,” said Chris Christensen, Unifed Police.
Together ABC 4, and police zapped several speeders, but we want you to focus on a single parent caught going 38 miles an hour.
“Do you know how fast you were going?” asked Carlson.
“Over the speed limit,” the driver said.
“That's the key point,” said Carlson.
He said he looks out for children on the road.
“Do you know that makes it dangerous for other kids on the street?” Carlson asked.
“Oh, I do know. And ya know it’s an empty road I travel it everyday. I do know where the kids walk, it's no excuse to speed, but that's what it is,” the driver said.
He wanted no part of our interview.
It's that attitude, Birkeland and other moms are hoping ABC 4’s efforts will prevent future drivers from picking up on Hillside Lane.
“This is a neighborhood were we know each other and it would be an awful tragedy if one of these kids got hurt by car a going through because most likely they would know the family,” said Birkeland.
If you need Brian to zap speeders in your neighborhood, tell him about it. Just go to the Speed Zapper section of abc4.com. Tell Brian about the problem. And he’ll zap ‘em.