Lodging a complaint about vehicles exceeding the speed limits set in the city, Loyall resident Tevis Belcher-Johnson, told members of the Loyall City Council she is afraid “children are going to be killed if something isn’t done to slow motorists down.”
“They won’t stop at the stop signs and one almost run over my grandbaby the other day,” said Johnson. “I have names and tag numbers of some of them who are doing this and they live right here in Loyall.”
Mayor Clarence Longworth asked the police chief, Mike Lunsford, to look into this matter.
“There’s a speed limit sign on Mapother Street, but we need one on Callahan Street,” said Johnson. “I don’t know about the other streets, but I feel sure they are speeding on those streets also. I saw one motorist in a red Jeep doing about 45 mph on Callahan Street. They should be going about 15 to 20 mph.”
Longworth said the police have to see the violation of speeding themselves before they can write a ticket.
“When they see the police, naturally, they are going to stop at the stop signs and slow down,” said Longworth. “I’ve almost been hit a time or two myself. You might be able to swear out a warrant for them, I’m not sure. We can put up speed signs and see if that helps.”
Longworth said patrols will be beefed up.
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