Streets of Speed - Pet dog hit by car while 'zapping' in Edinburg
Wed, 06 Jul 2011 04:09:31 GMT —
The home at 1123 South 4th Avenue in Edinburg has been in the path of speeders before.
"2 people ran into my tree," Luciano Peralta said. "Luckily that tree is there or they would have run into my house."
Across the street at 1120 South 4th Avenue there are tales of terror too.
"It's pretty bad... it's scary," Lourdes Lopez. "I know my son sleeps right there and it's always like oh my god... "
Turns out that Lopez and Peralta have a lot in common.
Aside from being neighbors over the last two decades, both teach at Edinburg CISD.
Both have children.
And both have been fighting to get the problem with speeders between Freddy Gonzalez and Hill Drive under control for years.
Peralta said he pushed the city for speed bumps.
"But they said it wouldn't work because it's a busy street since it goes to pan am back and forth."
Lopez said she pushed the school district for crossing guards.
"There are a lot of kids crossing to the activities... Going on at the school... There's a school there... So there's always kids here."
The posted speed limit is 30 mph.
Many of the drivers busted on the Speedzapper's radar were well above that.
Speedzapper: What's it say?
Luciano: 42 miles per hour... And that's slow.
During the school year, the speed is reduced.
Lopez said the problem only gets worse when students line the street.
Her daughter attends a nearby school.
"My mom walks her to the fence... It makes us nervous," she said.
It wasn't until a vehicle struck Peralta's daughter's pet Chihuahua that he realized the speeding problem is truly a matter of life and death.
Luciano: Shakira! Oh my goodness... No!"
Lopez's' family has lost two dogs and a cat on the same street.
Peralta fears what will be next.
"It's bad... Imagine being a little kid out here."
He rushed his daughter's dog to the vet where the Speedzapper TMs been since told she TMs doing ok.
It's unclear how fast the vehicle was traveling or if the driver even realized he or she hit the tiny, unleashed dog.
There is a leash law in the city.
Regardless, the Edinburg Police Department took the concerns along South 4th Avenue just north of Freddy Gonzalez very seriously.
The department's speed wagon was immediately placed on the scene following the zapping.
It alerts drivers of their speeds and flashes when a speed is over the limit.
Lieutenant Oscar Trevino agreed there's a problem.
He has since increased patrol in the area and said his department will work to help curb the speeding before things get worse.
"We don't want a pet dog to become small child lying out in that street."