Florissant police on lookout for speeding drivers - KMOV.com

Florissant police on lookout for speeding drivers

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A stretch of road near Walker and Commons Lane elementary schools is where police receive the most speeding complaints. (Credit: KMOV) A stretch of road near Walker and Commons Lane elementary schools is where police receive the most speeding complaints. (Credit: KMOV)
FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The Florissant Police Department is on the lookout for speeders in north St. Louis County.

"Most of the time, most drivers are going fast through here, not thinking of the school zone," Sandy Tipton, a parent and resident, said. 

That is why Florissant Police are sending out a stern warning to drivers to slow down as they pass both Walker and Commons Lane Elementary Schools. Those are the two schools police say have received the most speeding complaints. 

"We've got a traffic safety unit and they've been concentrating on those areas and we've been enforcing the speed limit," says Craig DeHart, PIO with the Florissant Police Department. 

Residents are taking note of the extra police presence. 

"Last week, there was a lot of police out pulling people over left and right which I was really appreciate of because my daughter went to Walker Elementary all the way through fifth grade and I have a son that is going to start kindergarten there, so it's really nice to know they are monitoring the speed because those kids need to be safe," Ashle Stollhans-Cykan said. 

News 4 wanted to see how fast drivers were going in the area. Using a radar gun, speeds were clocked from 19 - 41 miles per hour. The speed limit during school hours is 25 miles per hour. 

"There are a lot of kids going around and a lot of parents walking around with younger siblings or other children that people don't take into consideration and the pedestrian crosswalk near Humes Road, hardly anybody will stop for people," says Tipton. 

Police say they have issued out a lot of speeding tickets near the school zones and will continue to do so if drivers are not obeying the law.

One mother said she hopes drivers do slow down.  

"You don't really want to tell your neighbors 'hey you're driving really fast.' You just hope, even with kids walking on the sidewalk and people don't pay attention when they back out of the driveways and it's summer coming up and kids are going to be out," says Stollhans-Cykan. 

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