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4/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Slow down on North Apache

North Apache Street, where it runs from Airway Avenue south to the dead end at I-40, is in dire need of a way to slow down drivers that seem to think it is okay to go up to 70 mph in a 25 mph zone. This is especially true in the first block from Airway. Stop signs on north and south directions at the dirt alley would hopefully slow most of the speeders down. Signs on both directions of the dirt alley would be even better as I have personally witnessed two very close calls at the intersection involving children and adults on bicycles/tricycles.

There are at least 10 children living on that first block of Apache Street, plus in the mornings and afternoons, school buses let children on over on Cypress and also drop them in approximately the same area. Seeing children at those times does not seem to make any difference to those who think it is not necessary to go 25 mph.

Most of these cars are from within a four-block area of this spot. I assume they don't have children. Even if they do, of the 79 vehicles that use this street regularly, there are maybe a dozen that obey the speed limit.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, especially if it is done before a tragedy occurs.

Tom Skidmore


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“Throw out a few nails when you see/hear 'em speeding down your street.”

And this poster is serious! Nothing like purposely damaging the property of another while potentially causing an out of control vehicle to leave the street and run into a home or strike a child.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

You ought to get out more, V Stokes. Not only was I passed by some clown doing 90mph on Stockton Hill, but the idiot ran four red lights that I could see. How he missed all of those people is beyond me. He was driving a filthy, blue '90's Thunderbird, with no hubcaps. (it's probably in the Ford row at Pik-a-Part by now.)

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: jack a lope

write down license plate #

call police

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Kale

I also live on a street that is in a subdivision. It is one of a few that are black toped, so people use it because it is blacktoped. Have you ever waived down a car and asked them to take it easy, you are in a housing area? It works (most of the time) Also, you know your neighbors, if they are one of the speeders, remmind them of the speed limit.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tamara Shelton

Speaking from experience, I was driving down my own street last year only going 10 mph and hit a little girl. I don't know how people can drive down a street, knowing that there are children on that street, can drive so fast.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

Throw out a few nails when you see/hear 'em speeding down your street. Nothing like a good flat tire to slow a speed freak down. Sounds like you know who the perps are.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: North Apache Homeowner in TOTAL AGREEMENT

Thank you so much Tom for submitting this letter. My hats off to you!! I own a home on that block of North Apache and totally agree!!!! The drivers that now use our street daily to avoid the traffic jams at Diamond/Airway treat North Apache like it is a main street, not a residential one. Unfortunately, I don't see the city putting up stop signs at the North Apache/Rhoades street intersection BUT if KPD could camp out at that intersection routinely, they would surely be writing a TREMENDOUS amount of CRIMINAL speeding tickets! KPD PLEASE, PLEASE HELP US OUT!!

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
Article comment by: nite owl

I agree, as I live on N Apache too. The person who drives the black mustang really needs to slow down. Then there is the guy on the motorcycle who drives like a speed demon. There are several others too who drive just as fast. I don't understand their need for speed on a residential street. There is no possible way they could stop in time to prevent an accident if something were to cross their path, considering how fast they drive.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

"Have you ever been driving down Stockton Hill (speed limit 35 mph) and gotten passed by some clown doing 90?"

Nope...maybe 50mph by an emergency vehicle or LE. Never by a regular person.

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Apache Street? Why just Apache Street? Have you ever been driving down Stockton Hill (speed limit 35 mph) and gotten passed by some clown doing 90?

And while we're at it, why did the City waste all of that money on traffic lights when every fifth driver runs the red light, anyway?

The only reason I don't complain about people speeding on my street is because it gets them out of my neighborhood faster.

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