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First Coast News finds speed limits being broken

3:40 PM, Feb 21, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Brooke Wise sometimes feels like cars go by her house so fast, she can't back out of her driveway.

"I don't really think anyone really goes the speed limit on this street," she told First Coast News reporter Jacob Long.

Wise lives on 13th Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach between 3rd and 9th Streets.

The speed limit in the neighborhood is 25 miles per hour, but our radar gun found people going much faster.

Some drivers were going nearly 40 as Long interviewed Wise.

"Basically, if they've got a green light on the intersection, it's 35 or higher," she said.

One speeder Long confronted said, "I didn't mean to (speed). I'm just trying to get to work."

That person was clocked at 38.

Another driver, who drove away from Long, was also clocked at 38, but didn't want to talk on camera.

Long caught another speeder going 38 in the neighborhood, but that person also didn't want to talk.

Wise said she believes the problem is a lack of police enforcement.

"As far as anyone looking for speeding or traffic violations or anything like that, you don't see much of that in the area," she said.

John Arthur also lives in the neighborhood and he also told First Coast News he feels speeding is a problem that's being ignored.

"We've tried to tell our councilman about it, and he basically just laughed it off," Arthur said.

One suggestion from Wise is something other than speed limit signs.

"Maybe putting up one of the signs that shows people how fast they're actually going, they might be more aware," she suggested.

First Coast News reached out to Jacksonville Beach Police, but our calls have not been returned.

First Coast News

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