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La Vergne neighbors concerned speeders could hurt kids

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LA VERGNE, TN (WSMV) -

People in one La Vergne neighborhood are struggling to solve a problem that plagues many roads. They want to slow down speeders, especially after one recently knocked down a sign warning people of nearby children.

"First thing we noticed, our mailbox had been knocked off," said Shawn Robinette, who lives on Tuffnell Drive. "You can see the tire track right through these bushes here, and this post had been knocked. It broke it completely."

Robinette says the speeding problem is such a concern that many neighbors are hesitant to let their children ride bikes or play in their front yards.

The problem is Tuffnell Drive is a popular cut-through between Interstate 24 and Murfreesboro Road. It's also a problem when La Vergne High School dismisses for the day.

"The high schoolers like to fishtail from that stop sign to this stop sign," Robinette said.

The city has instituted extra police patrols, but nothing works for very long.

Now, traffic planners may look at other alternatives, including installing rumble strips, which slow down traffic but some neighbors complain are too noisy.

Another option is speed bumps, but they have their own complications. They can slow down emergency vehicles and tear them up.

The city could also consider lowering the speed limit to 15 mph.

Robinette knows there isn't any easy answer, but with a neighborhood full of kids, he feels there is too much at stake not to try something.

"I'm not advocating that I want my kids to play in the street, but I do want to be able to feel like I can let my kids out into the front yard without losing their lives," he said.

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