Streets of Speed - Cimarron Country Club speeder challenges the Speedzapper's Role
In an area of the Valley where appearance is often the cornerstone of the community, it's no surprise some people are taking a stand against speeders at the Cimarron Country Club in Mission.
"Twice they [speeders] have wrecked right into my pool," Noe Macias said. "People just don't care.
Tucked behind a near obliterated brick mailbox along Cimarron Road, the Speedzapper sat and waited Tuesday afternoon to catch speeders on radar.
Drivers stopped by the mailbox to talk about why they don't like the way things look when motorists break the speed law.
"Because kids play through here... Kids on golf carts... Kids on bicycles," Alfonso Sayavedra said.
In the program's ongoing effort to protect the streets, the Speedzapper tried to speak with speeders.
The posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour.
One driver, who lived at the country club, was busted on radar for speeding 10 miles per hour over the limit and was caught on camera not wearing his safety belt.
Speedzapper: Do you know you're speeding in the neighborhood?"
Speeder: Yea, a little bit.
But his concern isn't with his speed, rather why there aren't gates to keep the Speedzapper out in the first place.
The driver does not identify himself.
Speedzapper: We're just trying to protect the public.
Speeder: Look, I'm going to pull over you need to turn that thing off.
Things only turn ugly after that.
The driver in question returned to challenge the Speedzapper's role, at times mocking him.
Speeder: Give me your card.
Speedzapper: I don't have a card on me.
Speeder: Cause you just stopped me in the middle of a public street to defend your point.
Speedzapper: And you stopped and you're going 40 miles per hour in a 30.
Speeder: I'm glad you can use one of those [radar gun] things. Congratulations.
He's even caught on camera with an apparent warning for the Speedzapper.
"Hope you like your job," he said while back to his vehicle.
People in the community were shocked to hear about the interview.
"It's about time guys... It's about time you showed up here," Macias said.
Sayavedra is concerned about people's safety.
"Somebody doing 40 miles per hour is not going to stop when a child comes out in the middle of the road."
The apparent lawbreaker returned to the scene of zapping for a third time.
This time armed with his cell phone.
He said it was to record the Speedzapper who he claimed was invading his "privacy" during the interview.
Speeder: You invaded my privacy by getting me in the car.
Speedzapper: We're on a public street... If you'd like to talk about your actions for speeding... Let TMs do it... But if you want to threaten my job... Then we've got nothing to say to you.
Speeder: I don't remember ever threatening your job.
Speedzapper: You didn't say while walking over there 'hope you like your job'... You didn't say that?"
Speeder: I don't know... did you catch it on camera?
Speedzapper: We sure did.
Speeder: I hope you put that on the news.
Those who are looking to stop the speeding believe bike lanes, lanes that are stripped and speed bumps will help.
One concerned citizen reported that the homeowners association at the country club is aware of some of the concerns.Click here to join Ryan Wolf TMs Facebook page.