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Published April 23, 2010, 03:28 PM

Frustrated parents want to slow down speeders

Lidgerwood, ND (WDAY TV) - Some frustrated parents in Lidgerwood are starting a petition after what they call lax enforcement of traffic laws. They argue the town needs better signage in school zones to stop speeders.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

After months of trouble, neighbors living near schools have had it with traffic violators. So much so, they started this petition this morning. About 15 people have signed.

“We have a lot of kids in this neighborhood.”

Every parent’s worst nightmare is seeing their child get hurt or even worse.

“We'd rather be proactive than reactive.”

Netia Richards is angry after seeing drivers speed past children playing outside. The speed limit is 25 miles per hour. She says people go as fast as 40.

“The only time they do adhere to the rules of the speed limit is when there's a cop present.”

“Like a small town, everybody's in a hurry. They got a place to go so maybe they're going faster than they thought.”

These neighbors are joining forces. Now getting a petition going to get stop or yield signs in school zones, an effort to keep children safe.

“They play on their own sides but a lot of times they run back and forth.”

“We have small children. They can run out in the street anytime.”

The two invested their own money to put these plastic signs in the street. It helped for awhile, since there are few speed, stop, or yield signs along 3rd Avenue Northeast.

“Recently the city council said we are not allowed to keep these signs up.”

Richards says she's left with no choice but to take matters into her own hands. She's hoping others do the same before a preventable tragedy.

“Each of those intersections, there's families with small children that live there. People just need to be more precautious.”

You can join the cause on The hope is to address the council May 3rd. The mayor admits there are issues and doesn't have a problem putting in 4 way stops. He says the issue hasn't been brought to the council before. The Deputy says there haven't been complaints.