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Speedbusters has plenty of business

The speeder wanted to know why we were shooting video, anyway. The speeder wanted to know why we were shooting video, anyway.

August 8, 2003

Albany-- We've had a tremendous reponse to our Speedbusters program. Hundreds of you have called or e-mailed to ask us to bring our radar gun to your neighborhood.

We got the most requests from Saint Andrews Subdivision in northwest Albany. And that's where Speedbusters takes us.

Five month old Christian Thompson loves strolls down the street. But speeders on East Alberson Drive are a constant danger. "We have just noticed a lot of speeding, and pretty much disregard for people walking on the side of the street," says his grandfather, Stan Suit.

And disregard for the speed limit. It's 30 on this street in St. Andrews subdivision, but you'd never know it.

"Our radar back there clocked you doing 46, " I reported to our first 'customer.'

'Ok,' he said.

"Do you know what the speed limit is here?"

"Uh, yes. No, I don't, actually. What is the speed limit?

He was a bit surprised to learn that it is 30MPH.

" 30?" Ok.'

"Are you in a hurry?" I asked.

 'Yes," he said.

Our next person was driving 45 miles per hour. She thoght it was 35. 'Yeah, I was a little hurried. That's why. But that's not only me. It's other people do that. So, I know, I have to be careful.'"

Driver number three was doing 46. 'Well, I'm in a hurry.'

 Even the drivers who know the speed limit are in too much of a hurry to obey it. "Our radar back there clocked you doing 48. 'Aaww. I figured somebody would catch me.'

"Do you know what the speed limit is on this street?"

'It's 30.' Yeah. Are you in a hurry? 'Yes. I'm supposed to be at work at 8 and it's after 8.'"

And the people who live and drive on this street see it everyday. "I've seen cars come through here far in excess of 30 miles per hour, probably somewhere in the range of 60 to 70 miles per hour," says Suit.

"I support what you're trying to do. It's extremely too fast out here on this street," says Joshua Murfree. While he and other drivers support speedbusters.... "It's nice that you do that because we make concern that we are slowing, especially when you have kids inside the car," some are not too happy about getting busted.

"I don't know what permissions, what rights ya'll have, but I'm going to find out. Certain people don't need to be on camera for certain reasons," said the driver of our first check.

 He was so mad, he zoomed past our camera three times, proving the point of the people who called Speedbusters.

"I just want people to be more considerate," says Suit.

"People need to slow down and understand when they see a speed limit of 15 or 25, they need to abide by that," says Murfree. Abide by the speed limit so children like little Christian can live in safety.

Speeding is a problem on almost every street. Our goal is to take Speedbusters to as many streets as possible to bring attention to the problem. So til next time, be safe.

posted at 5:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com