There are several North Texas neighborhoods where traffic regulations just don't matter because no one is allowed to enforce them. Residents in the Lantana community are working to change this with a petition drive.
"It upset me, because I am a father with two children, and it's all about safety. I want my kids to ride their bikes and scooters around the neighborhood," said Lantana resident Craig Captain."And if people are speeding and disobeying the law that law enforcement could stop them and give them a citation."
Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads said the sheriff's office can patrol for safety purposes in a freshwater supply districts, but they can't enforce the traffic regulations. It stems form a Texas Attorney General ruling.
Eads said things could soon change in the freshwater supply districts like Lantana. Lawmakers passed a bill that gives residents and the county an opportunity to choose if they want regulations enforced. A group of Lantana volunteers organized a petition drive to get neighborhood support.
"We are going door to door and asking residents to sign a petition," Freshwater Supply District 6 Board Member Ross Ferguson said. "We are about half way to our goal."
They need 50% of the residents in Lantana to sign the petition before county commissioners will consider if the sheriff's department can hand out tickets.
"It's a large undertaking," Ferguson said. While some residents say no thanks to more patrol, the petition is still filling up. "No second thoughts. It was a no brainer," Captain said.
Lantana residents can sign the petition at the Bartonville Town Center.