DeKalb man pays thousands for signs to slow down drivers

by: Erica Byfield Updated:


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County man is so fed up with speeders in his neighborhood he has decided to spend thousands of dollars on two-speed radar signs.

John McMullan lives off of The By Way where the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

"I want the traffic to slow down, I don't want to live in a dangerous neighborhood," he told Channel 2's Erica Byfield.

McMullan estimates drivers typically coast down his street at 40-60 mph.

On Tuesday, DeKalb County's commissioners agreed to allow McMullan to buy the signs.

"We really appreciate his civic mindedness in this. I think that people understand that localities are under a great deal of pressure," said Commissioner Jeff Rader, who represents McMullan's area.

Combined, the solar signs cost $9,730. They should be installed within a month. DeKalb County has agreed to cover all maintenance costs.

"I understand the financial issue for the county, everyone would like these devices, these devices are very effective, I know they slow me down," said McMullan.