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Speeders endangering pets, pedestrians in BR neighborhood

1 year 1 week 20 hours ago Sunday, November 05 2017 Nov 5, 2017 November 05, 2017 10:27 PM November 05, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - For residents living on Capitol Heights Avenue, a speeding car is a typical sight. However, the zooming vehicles are causing safety concerns for joggers, bikers and pets.

Residents John Reed and Melissa Kennedy said they walk down Capitol Heights often.

“Sometimes the cars are going fast, you look over your shoulder a lot when you’re walking,” Reed said.

Jared Martin, a regular bicyclist, said although there is a bike lane on the 25-mile-per-hour road, speeding cars are a concern.

“You'll have trash cans in the lanes. Other times you'll have just a lot of traffic and a lot of high-speed vehicles racing down which can cause a lot of concern because there's a lot of pedestrian traffic on this street,” Martin said.

After months of problems, residents who live on the busy ‘cut-through’ are brainstorming new ideas to deal with the problem.

Some, like Melissa Kennedy, said speed bumps are an easy fix.

“I think a speed bump is an easy and relatively inexpensive solution,” she said.

"Those seem to do pretty well, I now I have to slow down to go over them, it’s not pleasant to speed and go over them," Martin agreed.

Another talk of hiring extra police patrols to monitor speeders is in the works. However this fix is costly, coming with a price tag of $40 an hour.

Karen Hartzog is one resident spearheading a petition to deal with the speeding traffic. She started this just days after a car struck and killed her 6-month-old cat.

“I heard screaming, and when I came outside I found her... She was dead," Hartzog said. "My neighbors were kind of freaking out because they had been in the front yard and had seen what happened. They were screaming at the car to stop, but it kept going.”

Hartzog says people are also in danger of getting hit, with her neighbor being struck in a hit and run Tuesday.

Residents plan to address the ongoing problem at an upcoming council meeting.

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