Colfax residents rally against speeding driversColfax, ND (WDAY TV) -People in Colfax say they're fed up. And they're reaching out to Richland County for help. They say drivers continuously speed down the county highway right through town, even though the speed limit is just 20 miles per hour.
Colfax, ND (WDAY TV) -People in Colfax say they're fed up. And they're reaching out to Richland County for help. They say drivers continuously speed down the county highway right through town, even though the speed limit is just 20 miles per hour.
It's not like children can avoid crossing County Road 4 in the quiet town of Colfax. The school's on one side, the public pool on the other.
Margaret Zenkers - Colfax: "Even during the day time, they are not driving like they should be."
Homeowner Margaret Zenkers says it's getting worse. Drivers don't bother to slow down, and it's not like the low speed limit is new.
Maragaret Zenker: "It's been there for a long time, years. Like I say, a lot of it is commuters coming through town, You can just tell."
Especially on hot summer days, Zenker says children rush across the highway to get to the public pool. She says something needs to be done -for their safety."
Margaret Zenker: "Rumble strips might help a little bit, but they'd have to be way out on the edge of town."
John Lee – Colfax City Council: "Course those crosswalks that would be the main thing."
Those are some ideas in the works. However, City Councilman John Lee says that may not stop daring drivers.
John Lee: "You post it at 20, and of course that means to a lot of people, we need to slow down to 30."
He says there hasn't been an accident yet, but that's what they're trying to avoid.
John Lee: "The youngsters are focused on other things, besides traffic."
There are other options. From stop signs, to flashing crossings, to increased enforcement, the Mayor says they're working for a solution as soon as possible.
The Richland County Commission has agreed to help. Its trying to figure out which option is the best.