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Speeding drivers making quiet neighborhood dangerous

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Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:36 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Mar 27, 2014 10:36 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Capital Heights, Speed, neightborhood, police, stop sign, traffic, traffic study

BATON ROUGE - People who live in the Capital Heights neighborhood are concerned about drivers who speed down their street.

Capital Heights Avenue is a single lane, one-way road with multi-purpose lanes on either side. Residents usually walk or ride a bike along the road at all times of the day. Lately, the neighborhood says speeding has become dangerous and they're asking for law enforcement to step in.

"We need residents to feel safe," said Capital Heights Neighborhood Association President David Kenny Johnson. "We need people to be out in the streets, that's the number one quality of life here."

Residents say drivers are disobeying the 30 mph speed limit, drive the wrong way or ignore stop signs.

"It can be a little frightening walking up and down the street," said Capital Heights resident Bryce Townsend.

Capital Heights and Claycut are both thruways connecting Jefferson Avenue, South Foster and South Acadian. Some residents are concerned people only use the roads to cut through and are driving without caution.

"It's just a major cut through for every body. People are using it to avoid traffic," said Brice Benzine.

This week, the neighborhood association has collected dozens of emails from concerned residents. The association plans to submit a request to police for more patrols and to the city-parish's traffic engineering division to perform a traffic study.

Johnson has also requested speed awareness cameras to be placed on Capital Heights Avenue between Glenmore Avenue and South Acadian, and on Claycut.

"If you have something that's telling you how fast you're going, we're hoping that it will encourage you to slow down," he said.

Baton Rouge Police say they are aware of the residential concerns in Capital Heights and say action will be taken.

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