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May 6, 2013 7:59 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

City to Study Effectiveness of Robert Drive Improvements

CORPUS CHRISTI - People living along Robert Drive are angry, again, after another careless driver crashed in their neighborhood. One resident has caught the latest crash on tape. For months, residents on that street have begged the city to find ways to get drivers to slow down.

It's used as a quick cut through for most of the drivers who speed through Robert Drive. And because of that, traffic accidents are something neighbors see all too often.

"These one, two, three houses right here have all been hit up to the concrete steps, this light pole has been split in two numerous times," says Karen Creekmore, a 30 year resident of Robert Drive.

The latest accident, early Saturday morning, was caught on home surveillance. In the video you can see the white car, driving in the wrong lane, speeds up to try to cut across traffic to make the right turn. Instead it drove straight into this fire hydrant, 50 feet away from Kenny Amato's bedroom.

"It was a pretty scary event, we saw the lights go through the window, we heard the skidding happening and when we came out there was a car right lodged on to this fire hydrant right here," says Amato.

Warning signs and rumble strips still aren't slowing down these drivers.

"All the time you will see people dodge the rumble strips, and somebody is going too slow I have seen people step on the accelerators. And you can tell that it's a double yellow line too, which is clearly a no pass zone," says Amato and Creekmore.

Neighbors are now fed up with the problem and want the city to do more to fix the problem. Back in 2011, the city spent money widening the road and making it safer, but have yet to check back in on the effectiveness of all it's improvements.

"What we haven't done is postmortem to see what the driver behavior is after these improvements were made to determine how effective they are and what if any traffic calming improvements can be considered," says Bill Green, Assistant Engineering Services Director.

Until then, residents says it's also drivers responsibility to monitor their speed.

Police say they've been trying to increase patrols in that area but they can only do that when there's manpower available.


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