Safety concerns arise with traffic

Kevin Baker
Kevin Baker

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - A family is asking for help from local agencies in keeping their neighborhood children safe from what they claim as dangerous traffic.

At the intersection FM 1912 and FM 2575, parents say drivers are speeding excessively and crossing the yellow double lines. Those actions all led to crashes in their front yard.

"We had our daughters school bus hit by a pickup truck who was trying to pass. Luckily no one was hurt. We fear for their safety not only coming home on the school bus, but just right here in the yard." said resident Kevin Baker.

According to Baker, his family moved into their home about a year and a half ago....the bad traffic is what he says helped the family get to know their neighbors. He tells us anytime, a crash occurs, the residents in the neighborhood will come out to the site and help.

Friday afternoon, NewsChannel 10 spoke with both Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety officials.

Officials say next week, TxDOT will post extra signs to remind drivers of no passing zones. TxDOT will also conduct a traffic study next week to see if putting a traffic light at the intersection is warranted.  However, if the area does not meet state requirements, it would be against the law to do so.

"It would not be responsible for us to put in a stop light where it could cause more problems and do more harm than good." said TxDOT spokesperson, Paul Braun.

According to TxDOT's recent speed limit study of the area,  the bulk of drivers were going under the posted 70 miles per hour speed limit and they don't feel it is necessary to lower the speed limit because drivers would still speed.

NewsChannel 10 also contacted the department of public safety regarding the issue. We're told state troopers will increase patrols in the area.

Braun urges anyone who may have a concern with state infrastructure to use the department's complaint system so engineers can start to work on the issue.