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Close call with speeding drivers in Farmington pushes for change

Close call with speeding drivers in Farmington pushes for change

FARMINGTON, Michigan (WXYZ) — A Farmington woman is fighting for security changes after her Nest camera recorded what may have happened on Slocum Drive.

She says speeding drivers have been an issue for a long time and she’s counting on the city to take action.

“Somebody’s going to get killed. I thought I saw it on Thursday,” said Mindy Tietze.

On Thursday evening, Tietze saw his neighbors crossing the street. She says it was dark and it was raining.

The neighbor was pushing her baby in the stroller while walking her dog and baby.

She says she saw a car coming fast on the road.

“So, I immediately ran across the street yelling at him to slow down and at that point, the mom and the stroller and her dog had crossed the street, but the little boy was still outside in the driveway,” Titz said.

In the Nest video, you can see Titz trying to get the driver’s attention while the mother runs in front of the car to save her son.

She says the driver stopped for a while to let the boy go but did not apologise.

“That night, I was absolutely furious,” Titze said. “Something needs to be done.”

“This road has been an issue for many years, and it has been increasing since the Streetsview project.”

Road closures are in place on Farmington Road due to the Farmington Road Streetscape Project. This detour sends drivers onto Slocum Drive.

Mayor Pro Tem Joe LaRussa says Farmington Road is currently back open, but will be closed again for the completion of the streetscape project.

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“Joe LaRussa came over to my house Saturday afternoon and talked about it and he has some ideas,” Tietze said.

7 Action News spoke with City Manager David Murphy by phone, and he says that after the project is complete, the city plans to conduct a traffic study on Slocum Drive.

LaRussa also says they are increasing patrols in the area to catch speeders.

“The next morning, Public Safety put up a speed reader at the end of the road and it shows what speed people are going, but it’s also a problem because kids go to the speedometer to see how fast they’re going.” Can go,” Titze said.

Tietze received responses from the city manager and mayor about her concerns when she emailed them.

In an email, the mayor said he was grateful the incident wasn’t worse and said traffic and speed safety is a priority.

“I’m hoping that one good thing comes out of this almost-tragedy that something gets done,” Titze said.

While Tietze awaits traffic studies and any improvements to Slocum Drive, city officials say he and other neighbors must park their cars on the street to narrow the street, which they say drivers slows down.

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