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Speeding cars worry Platte County mom who walks daughter to bus

Posted at 10:53 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 07:11:44-04

A Platte County mom is asking drivers to slow down, hoping an accident will not happen in front of her home.

Every morning, Darla Lenz walks her daughter to the school bus stop. They have to walk along Missouri 9 — a busy thoroughfare without sidewalks, where cars speed by — to get to the designated spot.

"It's just scary," Lenz said. "I don't like that my little one is so close to the road and cars don't pay attention to how fast they are supposed to be going."

The speed limit along Missouri 9 is 35 mph, unless the school zone sign near St. Therese North is flashing. During the mornings and afternoons, the speed limit is reduced to 25 mph.

"I don't think I have ever seen anybody actually driving 25 (mph)," Liz Shuler, who lives near Missouri 9, said. "Usually, it's go as fast as you can, whenever you can."

41 Action News stood along the thoroughfare in both the morning and afternoon with a radar gun, which captured cars driving as fast as 45 mph.

"If people did feel that there were consequences to their actions, maybe they would be paying a little more closer attention to their actions," Lenz said.

Speeding in a school zone can result in hefty fines.

41 Action News contacted the Platte County Sheriff's Office to learn more about traffic enforcement in the area, but those messages went unreturned.

Meanwhile, Lenz is putting out a plastic sign in front of her home and hoping traffic slows down.

"I would hate for something really bad to happen for them to take notice of it," she said.