Streets of Speed - Tickets for speeding, stop signs & expired tags
Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:01:36 GMT —
Nora Cantu knows to wheel her 2-year-old son in his wagon as quickly as possible near Fred Booth Elementary School in the afternoon.
"If a speeder is coming through here with my kid... well I could get my child run over and myself," Cantu said.
She's trying to protect her child.
Luis Martinez has to look after 7 kids after school.
"Especially by the crosswalk... It's bad," he said.
Police know the school zone near West Robertson can be dangerous.
After all, the speed is reduced to just 15 miles per hour.
Rosa Perez claims she never saw the posted signs before being pulled over by police.
"Well what was the speed here," she asked the Speedzapper?
"The speed limit is 15," Action 4's Ryan Wolf said. "The officer says you were going 25."
"Oh... I saw my speed was 20... But I didn't know... This is the first time I come through this way... I'm going to the high school... I'm so sorry," she said.
But it's not just speeders who get zapped by police.
Laura Gonzalez is ticketed for running a stop sign.
"They said you have to count 1, 2, 3... Or something like that," Laura said.
"And what did you do," the Speedzapper asked?
"Well I don't know... I thought I did... I didn't count... But I just looked both ways," she responded.
Officer Michael Birdsong says it's not the case.
"Technically, a stop sign is a stop sign and they need to stop.. It TMs there for a purpose and we have to keep an eye for everybody."
Officer David Ortega uses his motorcycle to eye vehicles not current with tags.
Zach Rodriguez is pulled over for his registration sticker that expired September 2011.
The driver is also ticketed for no insurance.
Officer Ortega says many people try to make excuses for not staying up-to-date with necessary vehicle requirements.
"Everyday we hear excuses and hopefully... With this citation it pushes them to get insurance... Cause a vehicle collision causes a lot of damage to property and persons," he said.
Zach says it's not his fault.
He blames life.
"What can you do, he asked? It's hard living on your own| It's hard growing up."
Parents say they're proud to know the city is looking after their loved ones.
"It's saving lives... They're kids...You're supposed to be careful around them in a school area," Luis said.
Nora hopes the Speedzapper TMs visit will make a lasting mark for the community TMs sake.
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