Keeping an eye on speeders
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A Fort Myers man is hitting speed bump after speed bump as he tries to get drivers to slow down in his neighborhood.
James Williams wants to know what it's going to take to get their attention!
He says speeding has been a problem for years and he is concerned his grandkids and other kids in the neighborhood could be in danger.
After calling the county, state and everywhere in between, he called FOX 4.
It's just another day for James Williams on Staley Road as he monitors what he calls a problem on his Fort Myers street; speeding.
"Would you say you're a loved man in this neighborhood?" asked reporter Kelli Stegeman.
"No, I am not a loved man in this neighborhood," replied Williams. "I was not put on this earth to be loved by everybody."
Williams isn't conventional about his record keeping. He's made it his life's work to catch these speeders in the act on camera.
He has a new weapon in his arsenal, a camera he's mounted in a tree to catch the speeders. The camera runs 24 hours a day.
"What started it all?" Stegeman asked.
"Well, I figured if I could just get people's attention that this is going on, maybe I could get more help," said Williams. "But, I found out that my videos don't mean crap. They can't be used in a court of law. They can't be really do nothing with except look at."
"So why continue?" asked Stegeman.
"I figured I might embarrass them enough that they will slow down," Williams said.
He says it's worked a little.
"Sometimes I holler and tell them to slow down," said Williams. "But they just wave and give me the finger and go on."
After contacting county and state departments, Williams isn't sure where else to go.
Stegeman called the Lee County Sheriff's Office to see if there was anything more that could be done.
A spokesman told her they've had more patrols in the area after William's concerns but can't be there 24/7.
Williams says he does believe deputies are doing what they can, but the speeding continues.
The sheriff's office noted that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Williams' wheels, and cameras, will keep rolling.
"I will keep video taping until I get people's attention to slow down," he said.
Stegeman also talked to LeeDOT to see if special signs or speed bumps could go up in the neighborhood. LeeDOT says they evaluated the road after Williams' concerns recently and found there's nothing more that can be done.