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2/19/04 - "Streets of Speed"

Highland Ave.: Drivers Trying to Beat R.R. Crossing Arms

The speed limit here is 30, but most drivers didn't even know what the limit was, like a Cox Communications employee.

"Yeah, I don't know," he said. "I wasn't looking. No, no reason."

Highland Ave. runs right next to a residential neighborhood.

"It is scary having children come out and play," says resident Christine Boonzaaijer. "And I don't know if you've noticed, this house right here just past the corner that has that black, iron gate fence, that's because they've had a car land in their yard."

And the street runs along a railroad track. While we were out there, several drivers tried to beat the crossing arms and nearly everyone rolled through the stop sign.

We asked one driver, "Do you normally speed?"

He replied: "No, I'm not a speeder. I don't have any money to pay tickets."

He's fortunate it was our speed zapper that caught him, not a police officer's. The average speed clocked today was 37. The fastest car was going 49.

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Julie Tam, reporting.

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