Posted: Nov 8, 2012 5:27 PM by Mia Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 8, 2012 6:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Cops received plenty of complaints about speeders on Ocean Drive and Doddridge. So they were there today handing out more then just warnings.
The speed limit may be 40, but it seems drivers on Ocean Drive weren't paying too much attention to that. But don't worry, officers were there to remind them.
Traffic Officer Robert Nunez says, "We are trying to get folks to slow down. We're trying to get people to change their driving habits. That's it. Everyone expects a warning. Your warning is the speed limit sign."
Bikers and joggers in the area were complaining that drivers wouldn't move over if they could, and that they were speeding.
Some drivers we caught up with had their reasons for going over the limit.
Dean Weitzel says, "I was speeding home to hurry and go pick up my kids."
Nunez says there is no excuse, "I'm late for work doesn't work.Over slept doesn't work. Their inability to manage their own time is not my problem."
Especially when an accident could cost someone their life.
Nunez gave us some pretty serious statistics, "When you have three times the number of fatal accidents as you do homicides, that should raise some red flags."
It seems that Ocean Drive has a real speeding issue. I had only been there for a few minutes when 4 cars were already pulled over.
Officers tracking down speeders told me they were out there for around 30 minutes, and already handed out three citations.
Even though a speeding ticket isn't going to change some people habits. When I asked Weitzel if he wasn't going to speed anymore he responded, "I have been here for five years so I cant promise you that."
Nunez says a few reluctant drivers isn't going to stop Corpus Christi Police Department's mission to keep people on the road safe.
Nunez says, "We're just trying to make a little bit of a difference."
Nunez promises this won't be the last you see of them on Ocean Drive.
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