City conducts study to address speeding concerns

by: Craig Lucie Updated:

ATLANTA - The City of Atlanta told Channel 2 Action News that they will conduct another speed study on a local street after neighbors brought speeding to our attention.

Channel 2’s Craig Lucie noticed more than a dozen “slow down” signs this past weekend near Chastain Park on Hillside Drive near Powers Ferry Road.

The signs say ‘slow down, we live here!’ and ‘slow down, we love our children.’

“We love our children and want them to stay around a long time and not get hit by cars on this road,” said Colleen Blau.

Within 15 minutes of us parking our live van, several neighbors approached Lucie. They say they’re lucky a child hasn’t been hit by drivers going more than 50 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

They say they’ve had several close calls.

“A neighbor’s child was riding his bike on the sidewalk. There was some yard debris covering the area so he went down the driveway to go to another driveway, and he didn’t look behind him for traffic and a car almost hit him,” Blau told Lucie.

A dog wasn’t so lucky, but he did survive and has recovered.

“I had actually bought the signs before my dog was hit,” said Pam Neill.

Neill bought more than 40 of the ‘slow down’ signs.

Lucie counted and there are three stop signs on Hillside Drive between Northside Drive and Powers Ferry Road at Chastain Park. He and a Channel 2 Action News Photographer also watched as people rolled right through the stop signs and sped by.

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“If we’re gonna have stop signs, make people stop at them. I think that would help,” said Kelly Prewitt.

Prewitt and her husband, Bryan, have strict rules for their children when it comes to playing outside.

“We have an 8 year old and a 5 year old boy and they have friends across the street, but we would never let them cross the street,” said Bryan Prewitt.

One family though didn’t want to take a chance.

“I know a young family who moved off this street. They had four young children, and they moved. They said they couldn’t stay on our street,” said Kelly Prewitt.

 A city spokeswoman told Lucie that they could not put in speed humps since it is a collector street meaning it diverts traffic from other streets. It’s also a street used for fire trucks and other service vehicles. They did say they would put in temporary radar speed signs, and their new traffic study would be complete in 30 to 60 days.