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09/19/02

Speed Bumps Slow Drivers In Ocean Springs

Neighbors on Iberville Drive in Ocean Springs have complained for years about speeding drivers using their street as a shortcut.

Several serious accidents on the street brought even more attention to those concerns.

City leaders have considered everything from closing part of the street, to making it one way. The latest solution involves speed bumps.

They certainly seem to be slowing down drivers so far. The ongoing construction work on nearby Highway 90 made the street even more popular as a shortcut to avoid that road work.

The speed bumps, or speed humps as the signs say, have lowered the speed and reduced the traffic.

"I think they're good for the residents here as far as slowing down traffic," said one driver who now slows down for the bumps.

Signs warn drivers about all three speed humps on Iberville. Those who don't pay attention will quickly discover the purpose of these "traffic calming devices".

"The first day I hit the speed bumps it caught me off guard and it just, I thought it through my alignment off. Yeah, it will slow you down, definitely," said one driver.

And that's the whole idea. The frequent speeding that used to plague the neighborhood has been reduced.

Those who enforce the speed limit have certainly noticed a difference.

"I sat out here yesterday and run radar. And of course I've been out here today for probably forty minutes. And everybody is really slowed down," said Ocean Springs officer, Gary Demaree.

"Oh, I used to get them coming through here at 40 and 45 miles an hour. And I don't think anybody's actually been over 28 miles an hour today," explained Officer Demaree.

The speed bumps are divided into three sections. With no oncoming traffic, a careful driver can position the wheels to avoid the bump altogether. But even that maneuver involves slowing down.

Pete Sparkes is an Iberville Drive resident who pushed for the speed bumps.

"It has worked in an outstanding manner in all respects. We have a real slow down here on the street. And we expect it to reduce the traffic by almost fifty percent. All the people going north will go out on the highway where they belong," said Sparkes.

Those who choose to travel Iberville will more than likely slow down.

"If you hit one of those speed bumps at 40 or 45, which was the usual speed for those folks, all four wheels on your vehicle will be airborne. And you'll probably only do that one time," said Sparkes.

By Steve Phillips

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