Racine alderman angry about cars going 20 mph over limit in school zone

Racine alderman angry about cars going 20 mph over limit in school zone

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jan 26, 2012

RACINE - The TODAY'S TMJ4 Speedbusters wades through a lot of viewer tips every week, but when an alderman asked for help, we couldn't ignore his request.

This week, our team targeted North Main Street in Racine, a stretch of road where cars and kids exist in conflict.

The speed limit there is 30 miles per hour, except for a couple blocks in front of Jane Elementary School.

There, drivers are asked to be cautious and slowing down.  But often, they're not.

"In order to schedule speed control here, it takes overtime, and we're short on city dollars," said Alderman Jim Kaplan.

He's been trying to slow down the stretch of Main Street for years, but drivers don't seem to get the message that they are endangering kids.

We saw examples of drivers going 32, 35, 38 through a school zone with a limit of 15 miles per hours when lights are flashing.

Not one car obeyed that limit.

Alderman Kaplan does not know what more he can do to get through to drivers, especially if lights and signs are not enough.

"People just seem to even go over the 30 mile per hour speed limit," explained Kaplan.