Fairhope Woman Wants Neighbors to Stop Speeding

Fairhope Woman Wants Neighbors to Stop Speeding

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A woman in Fairhope is frightened for her the safety of her children after she witnessed drivers speeding through her residential neighborhood.

She took the matter to the traffic committee, the police and the mayor, but she's getting resistance from several of her neighbors.

Tiffany Cook and her family moved into the Quail Creek neighborhood in 2006 and immediately was struck by how fast her neighbors drove. A traffic study was done in 07 and resulted in these children at play signs. According to Cook, it got worse when a driver hit a culvert, took out her mailbox and carried it two houses down.

"The nice gentleman offered to replace my mailbox, but if it had been my child who waits for the mail every day in the summer, it would have been her that was drug under his car," says Cook.

Speed trackers were placed and the fastest car was clocked at going a whopping 60 miles an hour. Stop signs were finally posted in the neighborhood.

"And immediately after, cars started blowing their horns in front of my house,"

Angry neighbors then complained that the stop signs were too low, causing them to bump their heads. There were also complaints that the signs were just ugly.

"My neighbor said ‘you know the stop signs may be ugly but, what about a couple of squished kids in the street?' And the man stated ‘it's nothing I haven't seen before'," added Cook.

"It's some friction in the neighborhood and I don't really know what the root of the problem is," says Chief Petties.

Fairhope Police Chief Joe Petties says there is a speeding issue in the neighborhood.

"I hadn't went to check today yet how many tickets was issued yesterday but I understand it was several tickets issued."

At a council meeting Monday night, those angry residents put forth a petition to have the stop signs removed. Council agreed to take down the signs, but it was also Cook's impression that the speed limit would also be reduced to 15 mph. Council voted that down.

"I had told them whatever decision was made, I would enforce it," says Petties.

"It breaks my heart that there is no value of life in this neighborhood. And it's a huge, beautiful neighborhood," says Cook.

Cook went to meet with the mayor and the police chief Wednesday.

She says she won't be backing down.

Meanwhile, Petties says his men will continue to patrol the neighborhood.

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