Speeding Drivers Force Neighborhood Residents to Call For Change

Speeding Drivers Force Neighborhood Residents to Call For Change

by Kalene O'Brien
NewsWest 9 

ODESSA - Residents in one Odessa neighborhood are calling for change. They want to see something done about the dangerous traffic they see on their street. They say everyday drivers speed through putting lives in danger.

"I told him that's why I don't want you to go in the street." That's what one Carolyn Drive resident told her 3 year old son after their dog was run over and killed earlier this week. Now, she's working to bring awareness to the dangerous traffic in her neighborhood.

"There's a kid that's going to get hit. There's even a school crosswalk right down the street and people don't even slow down for it," Amanda Verlander, who lives on Carolyn Drive, said.

The street is a straight shot from Andrews Highway to Golder. Those who live in the area blame an absence of police presence, speed limit postings, stop signs and speed bumps.

"I haven't seen anyone pulled over for speeding and I'm out here everyday," Paul Crow, a Carolyn Drive resident, said.

He says he just wants to see drivers respect the neighborhood he has lived in his whole life.

"Probably 10 or 12 a day will come down this street at 60 or 70 miles an hour at times," Crow said.

Odessa Police say residents who are concerned about any kind of issue for their neighborhood have options that can help make a change.

"They can either request a close patrol or they voice their concern by simply going online and filing a traffic complaint," Steve LeSueur with Odessa Police Department, said.

Police also say the Nextdoor app and webpage is a great way to discuss current concerns with your neighbors.