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Speeding cars make school commute a headache

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Speeding cars make school commute a headache

By Matt Grant. CREATED Dec 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 14, 2012

PORT CHARLOTTE - Frank Curry has to find another way to take his son to school.

"I'm tired of being tailgated," said Curry.

The speed limit on Veterans Boulevard in Port Charlotte is 55 mph but Curry says most drivers are going between 75-80 mph.

"There's people in a hurry going to and from work," said Curry. "The speeding's outright ridiculous."

Curry took us for a ride along Veterans Boulevard. It's a road he now avoids, driving 10 minutes out of the way when taking his 11-year-old son to school.

"In my opinion," he said, "this is a very serious matter."

A matter he's tried to take up with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. He said he called three times this week with no response.

"I thought they were ignoring me," said Curry, "blowing me off."

 Sgt. Tom Scott with the sheriff's office says they do patrol Veterans Boulevard whenever possible.

"The traffic team members try to get to the high crash areas as that is a priority," said Scott. "But the patrol units are out in this area all the time they can be."

Ironically, Curry's complaints come the same week the sheriff's office is training other agencies to become radar certified to catch speeders.

Curry says a deputy finally got back to him Friday and said they would be conducting more patrols in the area.

"I'm very hopeful," said Curry, "this will get better."

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com