New speed radar sign put in West Monroe neighborhood

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WEST MONROE, LA, (KNOE) - Drivers in West Monroe may want to slow down after the West Monroe Police Department put a radar sign on Wellerman Road.

"We've seen a lot more people coming through speeding," said Kevin Huff.

Huff has lived on Wellerman Road for almost 15 years. He says cars are always speeding down his block. Twelve years ago, he says one of them nearly killed his daughter.

"She was in the hospital for about a week because we had somebody coming through who wasn't watching what they were doing,” said Huff. “She had some neck injuries, some scars from where the car hit her. She's recovered now, but it really affected her for a very long time."

And he says the problem's only gotten worse since construction on Arkansas Road started a year ago.

"A few times we've had people take the curve too quickly when they're turning on to the road and have almost flipped into our driveway,” Huff said. “We've had that happen a few times."

But he's hoping his problems are over, thanks to a new Street Smart Radar Speed sign West Monroe Police installed.

"A lot of people may not be aware of the fact that they're in a neighborhood and the speed limit's a lot lower," said Huff.

That's what Police Chief Jeff Terrell is going for.

"It gives people a visual reference of their speed so they'll know that they need to slow down without having to have an officer come out there to sit, make traffic stops, issue tickets," Terrell said.

Terrell says the radar is designed to collect data and potentially catch those speeding through the area. But he says it doesn't stop here. The department is going to put more speed signs up throughout the city. It's something Huff says he can't wait to see.

"I hope it will make more people aware,” said Huff. “I know when they've seen these things up in the past it has helped."

West Monroe Police say if you'd like a radar put in your neighborhood, give them a call.