HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - "The speed limit's 25, but it seems like they're going a lot faster," said Elizabeth Taylor.
Ask anyone who lives along Pegasus Drive or Midtowne Lane in the Midtowne On The Park subdivision in Huntsville, and they'll tell you the same thing. The two roads that are shortcuts to Research Park and Highway 72 have become drag strips. In fact, most would say outsiders fly through their neighborhood at closer to 50 mph
"I've actually had people run up on me," said homeowner Matthew Lowe. "And I've watched them in the rearview mirror, and they've used their hands over their steering wheel, flicking at me to hurry up and go on."
Regina Randel's even seen road rage - a man, trapping a woman in a mini-van.
"He got out with his tire iron and proceeded to go over," said Randel. "I don't know if she hopped the curve, but she sped off, and I called the police on that."
So, here's what we did. We set up in the middle of the traffic circle that connects Midtowne Lane with Pegasus Drive between 7:30 and 8:30 on a Wednesday morning. Then, we pointed our radar gun at cars and trucks. About 50-60% were driving the speed limit, maybe a couple miles an hour over. The rest, though, were moving. We clocked several over 40 mph
"I've tried going out and trying to slow them down with my hands," said Randel. "And they just honk and do other gestures."
What would they like to see the City of Huntsville do? The overwhelming majority want speed bumps.
We checked with Huntsville traffic engineers, and they say their recent traffic study shows Pegasus Drive qualifies. Now, 75% of the homeowners there will have to sign a petition, approving speed bumps.