Bumpy Solution Slows Down Mesquite Alley Speeders

Residents fight back against speeding in alleys by asking for speed humps

By Tammy Mutes
|  Monday, Jul 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:38 PM CDT
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Mesquite residents fed up of speeders zooming through their neighborhoods can now petition the city to get speed bumps installed.

Tammy Mutasa, NBC 5 Mesquite Reporter

Mesquite residents fed up of speeders zooming through their neighborhoods can now petition the city to get speed bumps installed.

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Mesquite residents fed up with speeders zooming through their neighborhoods can now petition the city to get speed bumps installed.

The city recently approved a petition from a resident for several speed humps along his alley.

"People coming down here -- they're testing, they're talking, they're not paying attention, they're speeding and going too fast," Ron Lyons said.

For the last 30 years, Ron Lyons has been trying to slow down drivers who cut across his alley to get to the busy North Galloway Road.

"It's strictly a safety issue," he said. "I just want these people to slow down, because once you run over something or somebody, you can't back up, you can't undo it, and I don't want to see any of these children hurt."

The city requires that 75 percent of people living around the alley agree to a sign a petition.

"Those residents in that alleyway that don't want the petition, they still have an opportunity to voice their concern to the City Council," said Wayne Larson, city spokesman.

So far, the city has about 150 speed humps around Mesquite alleys. They cost about $150 each, which the city pays for.

Residents such as Charles Mitchell and his neighborhood have taken notice and are also starting a petition for their alley.

"It's like, you share out on a public street, people speed and cause accidents," Mitchell said.

The city doesn't put humps on the street so they don't affect emergency crews, but one resident said he would rather see them on streets instead of alleys.

"I'd rather see them on the street than the alleys," Michael Kylen said. "More people come down the street."

The city said it also considers how speed humps affect drainage on a street before looking at installing them in an alley.

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