OMAHA (KPTM)- Two blocked speed signs in a neighborhood near 84th and Pacific has some parents concerned. Both are hidden behind tree limbs and shrubs. Neighbors believe drivers might speed through the area because they can't see the signs. But city officials said the driver will still be at fault if caught speeding.
Both of the signs sit right in the middle of an elementary school and high school. Parents want the signs cleared away so that children walking in the area are safe."
"There are bushes and trees and different things that block the signs from being visible from the street," Michael Conley said.
The sign heading west on 84th and Pacific is blocked. The same problem is right on the north side of that intersection. Drivers said it's an issue that needs to be fixed.
"If somebody calls us and says you've got tree limbs blocking a sign or if one of our field engineers notices that, we'll take care of it." Todd Pfitzer said.
The city said it is responsible for cutting down shrubs and limbs so the speed limit can be seen. But if a driver gets a speeding ticket, the city said that person is on their own.
"It is a driver's responsibility to act appropriately while they're on the street so it would be up to them to prove their innocence."
"There are police officers that sometimes do speed traps over here. So people should always be on the lookout and be careful," Angel Robertson said.
Regardless of the blocked signs, parents said a driver should get a ticket for speeding as a lesson to think twice before dashing through the school zones, because a ticket is far better than hitting a child.
The city said it would clear the signs as soon as possible Officials encourage drivers to contact public works if they see a blocked speed sign at 402-444-5220.
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