Residents want speed bumps to slow drivers down in Baton Rouge neighborhood

Residents want speed bumps to slow drivers down in Baton Rouge neighborhood
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Residents in a Baton Rouge subdivision are sick and tired of drivers racing through their neighborhood, and they want the city to fix it.

Wes Kowalczuk lives in the Vignes Lakes subdivision that's near Highland Road. He said there has been a constant problem with drivers speeding through his neighborhood.

A year ago, Kowalczuk was ready to build a speed bump, out of plywood, to slow drivers down.

Since then, traffic officials dropped the speed limit from 30 mph to 25. but Kowalczuk says things haven't changed. The city did a speed study and the results, he says, are alarming.

"It was about 45 vehicles that were going over 50 mph and on one particular street we had one vehicle that went over 70 mph," said Kowalczuk.

That is why Kowalczuk is asking East Baton Rouge Parish to put in speed bumps, and Danny Suire agrees.

"Absolutely, I believe a speed bump will help," said Suire. "You're in a neighborhood and we don't know if there is a five-year-old toddler or an eight-year-old that is going to run in to the road." 

Kowalczuk says if the city doesn't do anything about the neighborhood's speeding problem, he and other neighbors will.

"Ultimately, if the city is not going to do anything, we are going to take matters in to our own hands and purchase a speed hump," said Kowalczuk.

DPW traffic officials said they are looking in to the issue.

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