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10/09/03 - Tyler

Residents Say Stop Signs Will Save Lives Along Street Of Speed

Nancy Pirtle lives along Woodland Hills Drive in South Tyler.

"On a daily basis, I see people driving in excess of 40-plus miles per hour. I don't have a radar gun, but they have to be doing 50 or 60," she says.

We do have a radar gun, and last week 50-plus was common. Drivers cruise -- or careen -- down Woodland Hills as an alternative to Loop 323.

"They are literally a blur as they go by, and it's terrifying. We'll have eight kids playing ball in the street and you hear that sound and your first thought is to look up and see who's near the street," Nancy says.

Since the speed limit is 30 mph, Nancy says stop signs are the only way to keep this residential street safe for her kids.

"You'd think after one was killed, it would change things."

Kirk Houser, Tyler's Traffic Engineer responds: "You have to look at it and determine if it was something out of the blue, or is this something that could potentially happen again." He says stop signs aren't the answer here. Even after a driver, who wasn't speeding hit and killed a ten year old boy last year.

"It leads to an increased number of running the stop sign, or not stopping at all," Houser says.

Nancy disagrees.

"I think if there were stop signs every two to three blocks, I don't think it would be possible to reach the rate of speed by the time they get down here," she says.

A traffic survey before last year's accident also declared no need for stop signs. But, Houser says Woodland Hills is the main street in that neighborhood, and concedes there's no perfect answer.

"It's pretty bad either way," he says.

Nancy just wants some place for kids to cross, and some way for folks to slow down.

"I don't hear a lot of screeching tires, there's no place to stop," Nancy says.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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