Update on Hamlet Traffic Concerns

Cecil Jackson
Cecil Jackson

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - There are mixed reviews over whether reckless driving practices near Hamlet Elementary School and park have stopped.

Hamlet neighbors say traffic signs are being ignored, drivers doing doughnuts in the middle of the street and excessive speeding have all stopped over the last few months.

However, others say, the dangerous driving continues to plague their neighborhood and the safety of the children in the area.

"Motorcycle cops were patrolling the area, but it has fizzled out. At first they were real aggressive, but that moment has passed and we are back to square one." said longtime resident Cecil Jackson.

Back in September, Jackson was just one of dozens who directly voiced his fear to the mayor and other city leaders at a community meeting. Since that meeting, the Amarillo Police Department says its increased directive patrols in the area to help curb the problem.

Police say, since the cold weather, not as many traffic concerns have been reported to the department by residents.

Officers assigned in Hamlet have been shifted to other neighborhoods where more concerns are being reported.

Police do say however, the concerns in the Hamlet area continue to be a top priority for police to tackle.