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Crackdown on speeders sought by area residents

Residents who have to deal with drivers speeding on residential streets may sometimes feel their voices are falling on deaf ears.

Drivers are known to barrel down residential streets, which have a 25 mph speed limit, at speeds 20-40 mph above the speed limit.

One resident of Glen Road, Robert Bockoven, said he is concerned about speeders, some going 40 to 50 mph, on his street outside the city.

The street does not have posted speed limit signs, however the speed limit through residential areas is 25 mph.

Motorists have been using Glen Road to bypass the construction on Stockton Hill Road, north of Gordon Drive.

Glen is the first paved road east of Stockton Hill Road, Bockoven said.

"There are quite a few kids who ride their bikes on the street," he said.

'Somebody's going to get killed."

Bockoven also said gravel trucks working on the construction project use Glen Road after dumping their gravel, adding to the traffic congestion.

A city roadway, Roosevelt Street, which does have 25 mph speed limit signs posted, does not deter motorist from traveling up to 60 mph, according to Stan Kearney, who lives on the street.

"I'm not happy with the speeders," he said.

"We have traffic signs but that doesn't seem to make a difference."

He, and other residents on the street, are asking for stop signs to be installed.

There are no stop signs from Airway Avenue until Gordon Drive through mostly residential areas, he said.

Kearney said he has called KPD several times about speeders and they have said they won't put a stop sign in unless a multiple accidents or a fatality occurs.

Kingman police Lt.

Dean Brice suggests that residents who spot a speeding vehicle should get a physical description of the vehicle and the driver and if possible the vehicle's license plate number.

"If we get problem areas, we'll send the motor patrol out and work the area," Brice said.

"If it is an every day occurrence, let law enforcement know of the routine schedule."

Deputies from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office will also be assigned to problem areas to monitor traffic surveillance.

MCSO will focus on a particular street that gets a lot of speeding complaints from residents, MCSO spokesman Steve Johnson said.

"We'll certainly look into it," Johnson said.

"We want to know what is going on in an area.

That doesn't mean we'll be at the area 24 hours a day."

The city has a traffic safety committee that looks into adding stop signs, speed limit signs and other traffic signs if interest warrants it.

The committee meets at 1:15 p.m.

every third Thursday of the month at the city Public Works building, Public Works spokeswoman Sally Werner said.

Residents can send a written request to the police department who will pass on the request of installing traffic signs with the traffic committee.

The meeting is also open to the public, she said.

Mohave County also has a traffic safety committee that meets the second Tuesday of each month at the county public works building, Assistant Director Mike Hendrix said.

The meeting, which starts at 9 a.m., is also open to the public.

With input from the public, representatives from MCSO, the County Attorney's Office and public works determine where new sign can be posted.

However, it is the county's policy not to post speed limit signs on dirt roads, Hendrix said.

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