Residential Street

A pickup truck travels along Casey Avenue on St. Clair’s north side. Residents along the street are concerned that vehicles are going too fast on the road and endangering the safety of children.

St. Clair Police Chief Bill Hammack said he will try to provide a little extra patrol along Casey Avenue after residents complained to the board of aldermen that individuals are driving way too fast on the road.

During last week’s meeting, four people who live on the street on the city’s north side were in attendance, including Marie Barton, 1301 Casey Ave., who earlier had turned in a petition signed by 29 citizens who live on that street.

The petition asked the board of aldermen “to address an ongoing and reported problem of speeding traffic on our street by reducing the speed limit on Casey Avenue from the intersections of Hedge and Commercial to 20 mph and to install ‘Children at Play’ signage along the roadway.”

The posted speed limit on that street already is 20 mph, and signs are erected at each end of the street stating as such.

“The only place to play there is in the street,” said Theodore Herrington, 1305 Casey Ave.

Herrington is Barton’s son.

“Cars fly through there,” he said. “Someone is going to get hurt.”

Herrington said his daughter almost got hit recently by a vehicle “traveling 70 mph.”

“I’m scared,” he said.

Mayor Ron Blum said that, unfortunately, there are many areas in St. Clair where individuals don’t obey posted speed limits.

“It’s the responsibility of the drivers to obey the laws,” he said. “The only thing we can do if we catch them is to issue them a citation.”

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit within the city limits is 20 mph.

When asked for his opinion, Hammack said that “there are 150 streets in St. Clair” and that it is the responsibility of his officers to watch them all as best they can.

“If we would have a specific time when you’re noticing (speeding vehicles), let us know,” he said to the Casey Avenue residents. “We don’t want to sit there for 45 minutes and not see a car.

“If there is a specific time when it’s worse, let us know. If it’s a specific violator and you know where he lives, tell us and we’ll go talk to him.”

Hammack did remind those in attendance that vehicles do have the right of way on streets.

“However, that’s not an excuse to go 50 mph,” he said.

The chief also agreed with Blum and said that the problem isn’t limited to Casey Avenue.

“There are dozens of other streets where people are trying to do the same thing,” he said. “But, we will try to hit your street as much as we can.”

City Administrator Rick Childers said some “Children at Play” signage also will be erected on the street.

“It’s random,” Herrington said. “But we’d appreciate anything you can do.”