Speeding: A Constant Problem of Hunting Creek

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

Neighbors are fed up with traffic through a popular short-cut in Bowling Green, Ky. Speeding is a recurring problem in Hunting Creek off Cave Mill Road. One speed hump has already been installed but walkers, joggers and neighbors say it's not enough.

"There's a couple white ones down there i hope they stay outta the way," Bart White said about the neighborhood ducks.

White is an animal lover, and every morning you'll see him walking the main thorough-fare in Hunting Creek. According to White, there's only one thing that can ruin his morning.

"I'm sick of picking up dead ducks. I do that, I put them on the side of the road and it tears me up to have to do that," White said.

"I hate to see them get killed because of the heavy traffic and fast traffic," Huda Melky said about the ducks.

Any given morning you may also see Melky and her friend Cecilia running on Grider Pond Road, where they have to dodge speeders too.

"People don't slow down for that bump. More times than not they just keep on going," Cecilia said.

"The speed tables need to be higher. You really don't need to slow down to go over them," White said.

"I'll stand there and yell 25 miles per hour!" Toby Black said.

Black lives on Grider Pond Road and as the secretary of the Neighborhood Association feels it's her duty to do something about the traffic complaints.

"We had a traffic study at my driveway a few years ago," Black said about her attempt to stop the speeding, but she believes more than a traffic study needs to be done to protect her neighbors.

"They come off 35 mph off Grider Pond Road by Nashville Road. Then they get to our side of Grider Pond Road which is 25 mph, it doesn't register," Black said.

White believes a lot of the responsibly remains in hands of the drivers who go through his neighborhood each day. He thinks the motorist should take it upon themselves to be careful because he believes that speed bumps alone don't control traffic that well anyway.

"It's up to the individual motorist to take responsibility, especially on Grider Pond when there's not only children on bikes but ducks and other animals," White said.

Neighbors agree that Hunting Creek is known for it's natural beauty, but speeders could wipe out tthis communities smaller, undomesticated residents, which set them apart from other neighborhoods.

The City of Bowling Green will be conducting another traffic study in May 2007. As the results evolve WBKO will bring you the story and see if more speed humps will be installed or another decision is made.

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