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8/11/04-Edgewood

Streets of Speed: FM 859

Earl Cox lives in Edgewood, a town in Van Zandt County, with a population of about 1300. The speed limit on FM 859, the street where he lives, is 45 mph.

We clocked speeders going up to 57 mph.

"My main concern is right here," Cox said, pointing to his daughter, Melissa, 1.

Less than two weeks ago, Cox drove onto FM 859 with Melissa.

"I had to stop dead still in the road because some guy was passing another vehicle on that curve right up there at a high rate of speed," he said. "and I knew that he was going to hit us."

That's just one of many stories Cox told us about speeders here and the accidents they cause. He was so fed up with the situation, he began taking pictures.

"They were coming around that curve so fast, they lost control," Cox said.

Here's what was left of a telephone pole, after Cox says three young men crashed into it.

"If I ever pull out of this driveway, and somebody T-bones me or hits me in the rear end and hurts this little girl right here, I'm going to go talk to them, and they're not going to want to talk to me," he said.

After pushing for months to get something done, Cox will finally have his day at City Hall. He's got a spot on tomorrow's meeting agenda. The main topic of discussion: speeding.

"I know that I'll be back," Cox said. "I'm not going to go away. I'm going to be a thorn in the mayor's side."

Cox says his fight won't end until officials do something to stop speeders. He says he wants the city of Edgewood to lower the speed limit on FM 8-59 to 30 mph. He's also going to urge the city to post a sign warning drivers that the street is radar controlled. Cox will find out tomorrow how the city will respond.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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