Drivers speeding through Fort Myers construction detour concerns parents

Parents are concerned with drivers speeding through a construction detour near McGregor Boulevard.

Many of the drivers who are not following a 15 mph speed limit are putting children at risk.

“There’s lots of young kids around this circle and all the kids run around … and they ride their bikes in the street and their scooters in the street,” said Florence Crawford, a mother of three children.

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Nearby resident Noah Long rides his scooter in the Jefferson neighborhood, right off Winkler Avenue.

“I see a lot of people walking and jogging in the morning and there’s a playground down there and there’s a lot of kids down, there a lot of kids,” Long said.

WINK News reporter Melinda Lee put drivers to the test with a radar gun.

While traffic cones, signs and a flagger are apparent in the construction zone, Lee clocked divers going up to 37 mph.

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“You should probably slow down because you never know what kids are going to do,” Long said.

Crawford proposed the county add more police patrolling to crack down on drivers speeding in the area.

Reporter:Melinda Lee