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In the Fast Lane: Where Are Speeders Out of Control in Palos?

"Slow down. See what you're missing." These are words of advice from one Palos Patch reader to area speeders.

We've all been guilty of it at one time or another. You're traveling down a road you've been on a thousand times before and your foot gets a little heavy on the gas pedal.

Or you're late for work and figure keeping pace with traffic is OK, even if it is 10 mph over the limit.

It happens. But people notice when it becomes a problem.

A letter recently sent to the City of Palos Heights from residents outlined a few concerns about 123rd Street near Ridgeland Avenue. An uptick in the number of speeders combined with an increase in young children playing nearby has people worried.

One Palos Heights committee discussed installing a "Slow, Children at Play" sign and dragging the trailer with a radar system that tells you how fast you're traveling into the area.

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Where else around here should authorities also be mindful of fast drivers? We turned this question over to Facebook readers. Here are some of the responses we received:

Tim Moore: People speed like demons almost everywhere, but I think there are some places where it is worse than others. People often come screaming along on 127th/McCarthy near Palos East, especially when they are heading east and come around that bend just before 76th Avenue. A good friend was seriously injured in a bad accident at that intersection not too long ago.

Heather M Moore: Southwest highway...Cutz&Color strip....it's VERY DANGEROUS

Bobby Master: I live on 111th near Kean ave. ....no way in hell are these people doing 45 mph... even the frickin' Pace bus is flying!!!

Pamela Bednarz: 131st street and 76th ave. I live a few houses from the stop light on 76th Ave. People speed there all the time go through the red light. I have seen this so many times. I was on my way to the bike path riding near the curb on the north side of the street and was almost hit on two separate occasion by on coming cars that were going to fast. Not to mention the flying gulf balls from Oak Hills that have hit these fast driving cars on 131st street. There is going to be a major accident one day when someone looses control! Something needs to be done with this safety issue!

Renee Szpak Chavez: OAK PARK AVE for sure !!! from 125th to route 83 !!!

Inga Balzaras-Rzeszutko: In my opinion neither the speed detectors nor cameras really deter people. The only thing to slow drivers down are the blue flashing lights of a squad car. Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. God forbid they leave a few minutes earlier to get where they're going. They are also easily distracted with their phones, kids, radios etc., they are not paying attention to the road. Defensive driving does not equal aggressive driving. Slow down!!!! See what you're missing!!!

Where are the speeders out of control around here? Tell us in the comments.

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Joyce Wright October 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I live in a subdivision (131st & 104th avenue) where oblivious drivers fly through our neighborhood. I continually stop them & address it one on one with them. Most get pissed at me, some apologize. I've gone to the county asking them to decrease the speed limit in our neighborhood to 20MPH (that was a bust.... what a surprise.) Because the current 25 MPH, means 30 - 35 for these morons. With pets and kids everywhere . . . it scares me terribly. Come on Drivers - think a little, please.
Louis Elsner October 25, 2012 at 03:58 PM
124th Street east of Ridgeland going to and returning from Austin View in unincorporated Cook County. Since the Austin View neighborhood is unincorporated and 124th Street is a straight shot from Chippawa, 124th Street has become a freeway for people both leaving Ridgeland heading east for home and leaving home heading west to Ridgeland Avenue. While124th Street, between Ridgeland and Austin View to the east, is in Palos Heights, police enforcement is relatively limited and needs to be stepped up. DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"/> <title></title> </head> <body> <div class="page" title="Page 4"> </div> </body> </html>
julie brady October 25, 2012 at 06:44 PM
80th Ave. between 123rd and 131st. This is NOT a dragstrip nor is it a great place to through your garbage out the window!! People are moving so fast I am afraid that I am going to get rearended pulling into my driveway,
mom October 26, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Try living on 76th Ave! The speed limit is 20 mpg. What a joke. I have been hear 20 years and have voiced my complaints so many times, called the police ect. When the little kids from Palos East are walking to and from school the cars do not even slow down. They just swerve around the littel cherubs. The speed trailer with the flashing speed limit, does not give speeding tickets nor does it alert the police. The City could make tons of money by a cop sitting in my driveway (And I have offered) and handing out some speeding tickets. Nothing has changed in 20 years and I am pretty sure nothing will change. I pray none of the young kids get hurt. I am scared to get my mail, cut my grass, and even sometimes pull out of my drive. Drive safely people and be considerate to thre kids and home owners!!

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