SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC 4 News) - ABC 4 is taking action to help a neighborhood who claims they've got a problem with speeders but can't get any help. Some people in a small section of Salt Lake County in Sandy said they've been forgotten by police.
It may not be with a badge, but the Speed Zapper is cracking down on speeders on Mesa Drive.
“Do you think you'll slow down the next time you come down this street?” Reporter Brian Carlson asked a driver.
“Definitely yah,” the driver said.
Rickey Colbay and some of her neighbors in a small unincorporated part of Salt Lake County inside Sandy said fast drivers there are a big concern.
“It's a dangerous situation,” said Rickey Colbay, Salt Lake County resident.
Neighbors said the problem is cars come barreling down the hill on Mesa Dr., it's a narrow road, there are no sidewalks, and they're worried that kids that play on the street are going to get hurt.
“By the time a child goes from one house to another across the street that child could be injured or dead,” Colbay said.
How fast are drivers going?
“I clocked ya going at 34 right there,” said Carlson to a driver.
“There you go,” said the driver.
“Wanna take a guess?” Carlson asked another driver.
“35?” said the other driver.
“Pretty close, 34,” said Carlson.
“Do you think that's fast,” Carlson asked the first driver.
“Yes I do very fast,” he said.
Some unaware of the danger they're creating.
“Do you think if you were going that fast and a kid were to dart out in the middle in the street that you could stop?” Carlson asked a driver.
“Hopefully,” she said.
Others knew full well.
“You had a kid dart out in front of ya?” Carlson asked another driver.
“Yah I've had kids dart out and I (stop) in time but, I still think I should be going slower,” he said.
After zapping several drivers, we found all had a change of heart.
“What is the speed limit? 25?” one driver asked.
“25. Are you going to slow down next time?” Carlson asked in reply.
“Yup,” the driver said.
“People need to be more aware, including myself,” said a third driver.
“That's right. Do you think you can be one of those people next time?” Carlson asked.
“I am. I don't want to be on the news,” said the driver.
In the end some even thanked us for pulling them over.
“You're doing a good thing,” said the same driver.
After Brian finished zapping drivers, we found out why the neighborhood had been neglected. Some people thought they lived in Sandy City and when they called to complain they were not told they needed to contact Unified Police.
If you need Brian to zap speeders in your neighborhood, tell him about it. Just go to the Speed Zapper section of abc4.com. Tell Brian about the problem. And he’ll zap ‘em.