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Residents say speeding a problem in their Baton Rouge neighborhood

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -  Speeding has been a problem for some time in a Baton Rouge subdivision and one man was about to take matters into his own hands. There are signs
in the Vignes Lake subdivision that tell drivers to slow down.

"I was standing outside one night and a car zoomed by and I don't know how fast they were going, but that's basically the straw that broke the 
camel's back," said resident Wes Kowalczuk. 

He says he can't let his kids play outside in fear of them getting hurt by someone who is in a hurry. Wes said he nearly got into a fistfight with a 
UPS delivery man.

"It was a heated discussion that could have gotten a lot worse," said Wes.

9News brought out the radar gun and clocked one vehicle going nearly 40 miles per hour. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour.

Wes was going to take matters into his own hands. "I was going to fabricate my own speed bump out of some 2x4's and some plywood," he said. 

The city recently passed an ordinance dropping the speed limit from 30 to 25 in residential areas within the city limits. 

Ingolf Partnenheimer with the Baton Rouge Department of Public Works says they have a residential traffic calming program already in place. 

"Really there is no need to go and do something on your own," he said.

He says all residents need to get in touch with the Department of Public works and sign a petition.

"Once we have that, we do a study to see if it's a speeding problem or a volume problem and we take care of it from there.

Kowalczuk says until something happens with the Department of Public Works, he will keep his 2x4's handy.

To contact the Department of Public Works, go to https://brgov.com/dept/dpw/ or dial 3-1-1.


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