Westlake neighborhood fights back against speeders

Posted at 10:21 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 08:01:22-04

Residents on Northglen Drive in Westlake are fed-up with motorists they believe are speeding through their neighborhood.

Resident Alison Smith is the mother of two young children, and told News 5 almost no one is obeying the 25 mph speed limit on her street.

Smith said she and other neighbors believe it's a safety issue for children and neighborhood pets, and report they have been complaining about the issue for two years.

"I'm just disgusted that people think that they can do this," said Smith. "I didn't even think of it as a problem until I became a mom, but I feel like it gets worse every year."

Westlake city hall told News 5 its police department has run radar on Northglen Drive more than 100 times in the past two years, but residents believe it hasn't caused drivers to slow down.

"They've caught 5 or 6 people over the past year who were going 45 and 50, going the fastest," said Smith. "School buses are even going 40 miles and hour.  FedEx and UPS are the worst. Just please help us, we just want the people to slow down, so my kids don't get hit."

Neighbor Alison Ford said the problem is so prolific, she's even posted a custom sign in her yard, asking motorists to reduce their speed.

"At least it says to people, children live here," said Ford. "It's soccer moms, it's elderly and it's everybody, just using us a shortcut.  And it's only going to get worse."

News 5 contacted Westlake city hall about the situation, and it responded quickly, pledging to set-up a neighborhood meeting.

City leaders said they are well of aware of the situation and have conducted a traffic study on the street.

Residents are hoping additional speed limit signs will be added, along with "slow children at play" signs this year.