Safe streets: Part 1

James Keel

How many times do you see drivers on the road run stop signs, traffic lights, disregard stopped school buses or create dangerous situations on the road?

We've been taking your comments on our Facebook page, and checking out some of the problem areas you told us about.

All this week on Eyewitness News Sunrise, we are focusing on "Safe Streets," and what you can do to stay safe on the road. We're looking at common problems, and what you can do to get them fixed.

All over town, congested traffic builds up at the busiest intersections. But in one eastside neighborhood, it's cars not stopping that has James Keel angry.

"You're supposed to stop at a four-way stop," Keel says. "Which they don't do it, They either roll through it, or completely run through it going 30-45 mile an hour."

We monitored the intersection of 13th and LaSalle and saw car after car make rolling stops, some barely slowing down for the stop sign.

When asked his greatest concern, Keel replied, "Somebody's not gonna stop at these stop signs, they're gonna hit somebody, or they're gonna have a bad car accident and it's gonna end up in my yard."

Kamari Grant is a 5th grader in the neighborhood.  "There was this car that wouldn't stop. It was swerving and I was in the street, so I had to jump out of the street" Grant recalls.

There's no way to say exactly how many intersections have the rolling stop problem, but it's clear from the volume of response on our Facebook page that it's a frequent neighborhood complaint.

Indianapolis Metro Police Sergeant Chris Nielsen says, "Failure to stop...It's a traffic violation.  It's a citation. The fine can be as much as $225."

Police have monitored this intersection, ticketing motorists, but it hasn't been enough.

"Police presence is probably the best action," Nielsen says, "Unfortunately, we can't be every place at the same time."

James Keel is clearly frustrated by the ongoing problem.  "They can come out here and gimme a box of tickets and I could stand here and I'll write tickets for 'em."

But Sgt. Nielsen says of residents' options, "The best thing they can do is be our eyes and ears, document the license plate number if possible, do not try to intervene."

So when you see a constant traffic offense, police say call them to report it.  Let them handle it. That's what they are there for.  
All this week, we'll show you what you can do to keep streets safe.
Plus, these links can help you deal with situations on the road:

RequestIndy is an online portal that allows residents to report problems in their neighborhoods such as traffic issues, high weeds and grass, potholes and stray animals.  The first-of-its-kind portal for the City of Indianapolis uses GIS mapping technology to provide a user friendly means of connecting with the City.

The RequestIndy app for iPhone/iPod
RequestIndy can be used to enter more than 30 of the most commonly requested services. RequestIndy is fully-integrated with the City's enterprise-wide service systems for each City department so requests are routed directly to the folks who can resolve the issue.