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07/09/02

Residents Worried About Dangerous Intersection

Protective barriers in front of the Bates home.
An eastside neighborhood has had enough. For the past few months, residents have been protecting themselves from reckless drivers moving at ridiculous speeds through their 25 mile per hour streets.

Playing childhood games along E. 33rd Street in Savannah is turning into a real gamble for neighborhood children. An everyday a game of dodge ball turns into a dangerous game of dodge the speeding car.

"I almost got hit," nine-year-old Samantha Smart tells us, "but I turned back around real fast."

Neighbors like Leslie McIver, who grew up on these streets, are tired of seeing it. "They don't slow down," she says. "Kids could be on the streets playing, and they keep on speeding so kids have to be told hurry up and get out of the streets, onto the sidewalks."

The reckless driving is starting to take its toll on neighbors. Stevelyn Taylor hates cutting her child's summer short, but feels she has no choice. "I have a four-year-old son and I don't let him go off of the porch. No way, no how whatsoever."

The Bateses, who live on the corner, have taken things into their own hands, installing concrete poles around their house, hoping to protect it should a driver lose control. Earlier this year, a reckless driver crashed in their yard, knocking down a fence and seriously injuring Florence Bates, who suffered a head injury and lost several teeth.

"I would say drivers, you need to slow down," adds nine-year-old Samantha, "and see all of us outside playing and stuff. You might hit someone."

Reported by: Elizabeth Trevino

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