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Addressing speeding concerns

Clear Lake Police recently installed speed trailer on busy Ventura street to get drivers to slow down

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 8:55 PM

VENTURA, Iowa - Some residents are wanting drivers to slow down when driving through town.

A petition was delivered by a resident during during the August 27th city council meeting to address a speeding problem on West Lake Street. The Clear Lake Police Department, which also serves Ventura, installed a speed trailer in response.

Mayor Joe Schmit was at the meeting, and notes that there have been some issues in the past with people driving too fast on the street, including on East Lake Street next to where he puts docks in the lake.

"When you come up from the lake to cross the road, that's definitely a blindside corner, so it makes it real risky for especially young kids. Parents have gotta make sure they got their hands on 'em so that they don't step out on the street without checking it because they definitely can be come cruising around there."

He says the city has been proactive in getting drivers to slow down, such as adding speed cameras on entrances into town.

"We have our own for the city that's there, and then plus they did that one [the speed trailer]. And they've increased some of their presence with police cars and stuff like that. I think it's definitely helped a bunch that way."

Schmit adds that on East Lake Street, the city recently installed a larger speed bump called a speed table, and are currently testing it and asking for public feedback to see if they should add additional ones.

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