Dumb and Dangerous Driving - May 3, 2007

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Stephanie Baker

MARTINEZ, Ga.---Drivers are flying through a neighborhood, and the signs put in place to stop it don't seem to be working.

The Quail Creek subdivision in Martinez is a quiet neighborhood with lots of families...and lots of speeders. That's why they got stop signs. But as we found, those signs aren't stopping much.

We spotted a driver traveling at 38 miles per hour, 18 over the suggested speed on streets drivers share with children.

"You got children all over this neighborhood!" said neighbor Gary Welcher. "I hate to see one of them get killed!"

Gary and his wife Joanne see speeds like around their home all the time.

Joanne says 35 miles per hour is the norm in a place where people should drive 20.

"It's a very family-like neighborhood where we all look out for each other," she said. "And it's impossible when people come through here like it's a raceway."

That's why she and her neighbors asked for speed bumps and stop signs.

But for these things to work, people have to actually stop. We spotted a driver who rolled the sign and continued on at 30 miles per hour.

It gets worse.

Another driver rolled through and got up to 12 miles over the speed limit.

And another was 13 miles over.

"We have a four-way stop over here and a four-way stop over there. And it's virtually ignored," Joanne said.

Joanne and Gary say the extra signs aren't working. So now, they're asking their neighbors to think about these kids before they put the pedal to the metal.

"This seems to be a test-run for drag strippers!" Gary said.

They've let deputies know about the "drag strip" problem. State law prevents law enforcement from running radar in subdivisions, but they are putting up speed trailers.

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