Deputies To Target Gulf Park Estates Speeders

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - When Woodrow Gibbs walks out of his home on Marina Drive, he usually sees and hears drivers zooming by at fast speeds.

"I have seen it 60 in a 20 zone. The speeding in this area is unacceptable," Gibbs said.

Gibbs points out that his street is not the only one with lead foot drivers. He says Gulf Park Estates is filled with people who overlook speed limit laws.

"I am aggravated. I have lived here 20 years and this has gone on for 20 years. People drive out here like they drive on Highway 90."

Mississippi bans county deputies from using radar to clock speeders, but Gibbs is hoping the county can find other methods to reduce speeding and avoid fatal accidents.

"Two of my neighbors have been hit by cars. There is probably no less than 30 kids on this street alone, so slow down."

To stop speeders, Jackson County Supervisor John McKay says more sheriff's deputies will patrol the streets, and additional stops signs will go up in heavy traffic areas.

"If we can find places where we can locate stop signs to make people go a short distance and stop, go a short distance stop, that helps break up the speed," McKay said.

Supervisor McKay agrees radar is an excellent tool to put the brakes on speeding. But for now, the county will have to use other methods to make roads safer.

"We have bought two trailer mounted radars that show the speeder, or person driving the car, how fast he is going. It brings it to their attention. We are fighting the speeding problem with all the tools we do have."