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North Texas Mom Takes On Neighborhood Speeders

plano speeders 1 North Texas Mom Takes On Neighborhood Speeders

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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A Plano mom has had it with speeders in her neighborhood and is now taking matters into her own hands. Her ultimate goal is to get drivers to slow down.

There are campaign signs all over The Creeks of Willow Bend, but they have nothing to do with Election Day.

“I think if we keep putting them out people will be more aware,” resident Denise Levine said of the grassroots effort.

Levine single-handedly started a campaign to stop speeding through her west Plano neighborhood. “My son and I were riding our bikes and we had a close call with a car,” she recalled. “I decided then and there we had to do something about it.”

To address the problem, Levine turned to a concept that other neighborhoods had adopted called “Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25.”

Now dozens of signs line Coventry Lane, a street that motorists often use to avoid traffic on Parker and Preston.

Levine claimed that it never takes long to find people breaking the speed limit on Coventry Lane, so CBS 11′s J.D. Miles grabbed a radar gun to see if she was right. He found drivers traveling more than 15 miles an hour over the 30 mile an hour speed limit.

“Cars are just flying by I’ve actually been passed on Coventry which was shocking and I couldn’t believe it,” Levine said while standing to the busier than it should be street. “If we were to lower it [speed limit] to 25 and if you were to get hit the chance of survival increases three times.”

Wednesday night streets in the Plano neighborhood is expected to lined with trick-or-treaters, so Levine’s message to those driving by couldn’t be more obvious and serious.

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