|Published:||Aug 02, 2010 11:38 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 02, 2010 7:29 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Following months of petitions and fears for their safety, people living along Gleason Parkway get the speed limit lowered on their road.
Particularly on the stretch between Santa Barbara and Chiquita Blvd.
The speed limit used to be 40, now it's 35.
We went back to see if it's making a difference.
"We are thankful they heard our plea," said Elsa Schutzman.
Schutzman says she and others finally feel safe from speeding drivers.
This comes after months of fearing for their lives.
"It's like I live on the expressway instead of a residential neighborhood," said one resident back in May.
That's when residents, including Elsa Schutzman began a campaign to get the speed limit lowered because they said drivers were going too fast.
At the time we put their concerns to the test.
We got out our radar gun and clocked drivers.
We caught drivers going 49 miles per hour.
Even 53...in a 40mph zone.
With speed an apparent concern, last week, Cape Coral City Council voted to lower the speed limit on the road to 35mph.
"We're just very pleased with the outcome," Elsa said.
The new speed limit signs went up Friday.
Monday, Elsa said drivers are clearly getting the message.
"They are going 35 mph," she said.
So once again, we decided to put it to the test.
We took our radar gun out and clocked drivers.
The good news is they were going the speed limit.
In some cases, even slower.
Though the speed limit was lowered by only five miles per hour, Elsa says it's a sign to drivers they need to go slower.
For Elsa and others on this street that's all that matters.
"It's nice to be able to come out in the evening and walk without having to keep looking behind you cause there is traffic behind you that could harm you," she said.