BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Residents who live along Big Lake Road in Biloxi say they've had enough of the speeding. They say motorists use the road as a short cut to Pass Road or Popp's Ferry Road and go 10 to 30 miles over the speed limit. Two residents tell WLOX News they've taken their issue to the city and now the city is doing something about it.
Kathy Kabasi walks her one-year-old granddaughter Lilith around their neighborhood along Big Lake Road every day. But Kabasi and her son-in-law Alexis Moreno say a stroll around the block with Lilith has become a safety issue due to a growing number of motorists who speed.
"The speed limit's 25 miles per hour, on average everyone's going 35 to 45 miles per hour or if it's night time like, 50. If someone hit my daughter, there's going to bigger issues," said Moreno.
Kabasi says she's already had a few close encounters with reckless drivers.
"I was right there on the other side of it with the baby and he literally came in on two wheels and he screeched to a halt, but of course I was screaming by then that it was only 25 miles per hour.
How could he be going that fast? Allot of times you see them on the phone or texting and I'm always afraid that they're either going to come off the road," said Kabasi.
That's why Moreno and his mother in law took their case to Biloxi City Council President Dr. Paul Tisdale. He got the Biloxi police chief involved and now they have a radar trailer on the road that records the speeds of drivers.
"The week after my conversation with Ms. Kabasi, he had a little radar trailer out here collecting data and the speed of the traffic up and down and I notice it's out here again today. So he's collecting the data. They'll look at this data and, based on other priorities, they'll determine how frequently to place a police officer out here," said Tisdale.
Kabasi and Moreno hope a stronger police presence will slow down drivers.
"I'd like for it to be a little safer for my daughter. There are school kids. There's a bus stop right there with tons of kids. Dr. Tisdale he's done a lot better job. He's actually kept in touch. Came and visited me personally and my wife and family, so that means a lot," said Moreno.
Tisdale says he is working with the police department to get more officers on Big Lake Road. A ticket for going 10 miles over the speed limit in the City of Biloxi will cost you a whopping $165.