Broken Arrow mother says cars speed past her house, drivers threaten her

Posted at 4:23 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 18:16:04-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- A Broken Arrow mother is worried someone is going to get hurt by one of the cars speeding past her home.

The speed limit in Shannon Brown’s neighborhood is 25 mph. She said cars barrel down the road going much faster.

Brown lives about a mile from Vandever Elementary School. She said her children like many others in the neighborhood walk to and from school.

“We’ve got two kids that live right there,” Brown said pointing down the street. “We’ve got another kid that lives right there. We’ve got four kids that live down at the end of the street.”  

Brown waits in her driveway every day for her two kids to get home. She ushers her children across the street to her house because she is scared they are going to get hit by one of the speeders.

“I’m scared for them,” Brown said. “I’ll stand out here and I’ll wait and they’ll come barreling through.”

She said the road in front of her home used to have speed bumps, but when the road got repaved, they were not replaced.

Brown started telling the speeders to slow down. She said they are now threatening her.

“He’s called me names,” Brown recalled. “I’ve been threatened by a gun. He said he was going to go get his gun and come back.”

Brown wants to put up a sign in her yard to tell people to slow down, but she is scared of retaliation.

She said she is not trying to hurt or offend anyone. She just wants her kids to be able to play outside safely and ride their bikes.

“What if a kid runs out or is riding their bike and jumps out from behind a car?” Brown said. “I’ve seen kids ride their bikes up and down here and it’s scary because I’ve seen them nearly get hit.”

“Speed limits are set for reaction time,” Officer James Koch with the Broken Arrow Police Department  said. “At 25 miles per hour, you will have enough time to stop.”

Officer Koch did not know about this problem until 2 Works For You told him on Tuesday.

He said people should not confront speeders. Instead, they should write down their license plate number and a description of the car and call police.

In cases where the Broken Arrow Police Department receive concerns, Officer Koch said they will sometimes put additional officers in the area to catch people disobeying the speed limit. He said the tickets for going 1 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit are $109.

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