Dumas residents concerned over speeding

Dumas residents concerned over speeding

Dumas, TX - Debbie and David Gray say it isn't unusual to see cars speeding down South Twichell.

"It's the motorcycles, the teenagers, the pick-up truck, and the SUV's," said Debbie Gray.

David adds that he has seen drag racing in the evening and during the day time.

Along with the Grays, other residents say drivers will speed at least 20 miles over the speed limit.

"I don't let my kids play outside because of the speeding. I have a two-year-old and he likes to run around and I don't want to risk him getting hit," said concerned resident, Jazmin Trujillo.

Mayor Pat Sims says the city is now addressing the growing concerns to slow down the problem.

"They live there, they know what's going on, they see the traffic and we don't. We need to the citizens to come and tell us when there's a problem because you can't do anything about it if we don't know what the problem is," said Sims.

The city asked Dumas Police to survey residents about their concerns. What they found is almost all the residents are worried about the speeding issue, but about 2/3's of them have never reported the problem.

Sims says he already has a proposed solution in place.

"We will start off with more officer patrolling the area," said Sims.

While some neighbors think that will work, other think something more drastic should happen to the road.

"Maybe speed bumps would do some good," said Trujillo.

Sims say no matter what the city does, its main concern is to protect its citizens from danger.

"We can help be the solution," said Sims.

Sims adds if the complaints continue, speed bumps might be the way to go.