DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Speeding, distracted driving and now an East Dallas neighborhood has had enough after someone plowed over a sign that ironically was meant to get drivers to slow down and pay attention.
Lillian Boehler-Gravley said she walked out one afternoon during the week to find her, “SLOW – Kids At Play” sign in pieces.
“It looks like someone hit it really hard, going really fast and dragged it for a while,” said Boehler-Gravley.
The impact on the sign was so violent, it ripped the sign apart and left tire tracks all over the sign.
“Can you imagine if they hurt one of my children? What would their life be like? My life would be over,” said Boehler-Gravley.
The incident highlights a bigger issue according to the residents who live near Lakewood Elementary School. Some parents feel drivers are too often either not paying attention to the road or are just driving too fast.
“I would describe it as a speedway. I mean just standing here, how many people who have flown by. I mean it’s just insane,” said Boehler-Gravley.
Using a store-bought radar gun, the device indicated drivers were often above the speed limit. Some registered driving as fast as 10 miles per hour over the speed limit.
“The worst thing ever…a kid getting hurt is what I think it might take for people to notice the problem,” said Audra McCreight-Wickieser.
Residents said they have tried to petition for more stop signs and speed bumps, but all it takes is one neighbor in opposition for the idea to go nowhere.
Boehler-Gravley said she is not giving up on the issue.
“I shouldn’t be afraid of my kids riding their bikes on the sidewalk,” said Boehler-Gravley.
Residents said they are hoping putting up more signs in the area will bring awareness to the traffic problems.
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