People not happy with new speed limit on busy street
BATON ROUGE - Drivers along Staring Lane will have to obey a new speed limit Thursday.
After a study, the Department of Public Works will set the speed limit at 40 mph. It will be the first time drivers will be told how fast they can drive since construction ended months ago.
The Staring route between Perkins and Highland opened after a long construction project. It is now four lanes with a median and sidewalks on either side.
But, not everyone is happy with the new speed announcement along the mainly residential street.
"I'm passed every day," said Staring resident Chris LaCaze. "It's like a race track."
LaCaze said drivers already speed on Staring. Saturday, an SUV lost control and rolled from his neighbors house to the front of his driveway. The driver walked away, but LaCaze said the next time the person might not be so lucky.
"My biggest concern is someone is going to be hit."
Before the construction the speed along Staring was 35 mph.
"Everyone knows, with the posted speed limit everyone's going to drive five miles per hour at least faster than what the posted speed limit is," said LaCaze.
The new signs will be installed Thursday.
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