Knoxville residents concerned about speeding on Wilder Place

Knoxville residents concerned about speeding on Wilder Place

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Residents on Wilder Place said motorists drive too fast on the road. Residents on Wilder Place said motorists drive too fast on the road.
"People are flying up and down the road," said resident Brian Wilson. "They don't slow down for anything." "People are flying up and down the road," said resident Brian Wilson. "They don't slow down for anything."
Steven Park, who has two children, has lived here five years and says speeding has been a problem ever since he lived here. Steven Park, who has two children, has lived here five years and says speeding has been a problem ever since he lived here.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An East Knoxville father says he is concerned about his children's safety because people are driving too fast through his neighborhood.

The family lives on Wilder Place in the Morningside community, and they say their road has become a race track.

"People are flying up and down the road," said resident Brian Wilson. "They don't slow down for anything."

Wilson, who has five children, moved to the neighborhood six months ago. They have already had a cat and dog get hit by a car.

Wilson is not the only neighbor concerned.

"Yes, there is, especially when you have kids on skateboards and bikes," said neighbor Steven Park.

Park, who has two children, has lived here five years and says speeding has been a problem ever since he lived here.

The posted speed limit on Wilder Place is 25 MPH. Using a speed gun Wednesday, 6 News caught several drivers going about the posted speed limit.

"I've called the police probably at least five times," said Wilson. "I asked them to step up patrol out there. I haven't noticed anything."

A Knoxville Police Department spokesman said they did not have any records of complaints about speeding on Wilder Place, but now plan to do something about it.

"Obviously that we've been made aware, there could be a potential issue there. We will have it on our watch list," said KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk. "What that means, we'll have officers that will check out the Wilder Place area. They'll check it out at different times of the day, different days, to see what kind of problem that may exist there."

Neighbors here are glad something is now going to be done.

"I just want to see the kids safer, because one day they will get hit," said Park.

KPD officials say if they do find a problem here on Wilder Place, they will think of ways to slow drivers down.

This could include extra patrols, or even looking at the traffic pattern and seeing if there needs to be a design change.    

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