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ROD GUAJARDO | The Natchez Democrat — A truck drives past the intersection of Morgantown Road and Booker Road Saturday afternoon. Residents of the Morgantown area are scared of drivers who speed on the roads and avoiding speed calming devices.

Residents: Slow it down

Published 12:03am Monday, February 4, 2013

NATCHEZ — Morgantown residents have a request for drivers in their area — don’t get in such a hurry that you end up killing one of our children.

Resident Anna Latil said she’s used to seeing speeders. Neither speed bumps nor speed calming devices seem to deter them.

“I have a speed bump on my road itself, and they still speed through here,” she said. “They will bottom out their cars, but it still doesn’t stop them.”

The tipping point came for Latil last week as she waited for her child to get off the school bus. As the bus stopped, a driver who didn’t want to brake for the bus whipped around it, nearly striking a child.

One child was actually hit by a car in the area last year, she said.

“I am sitting at the bus stop all the time, and I see speeding 70 miles an hour on that strip of Morgantown Road,” Latil said. “It just sickens me. After that first car whipped around the school bus, the next car was going to do the same thing, but I yelled, ‘Have some respect, there are children getting off the bus.’”

Morgantown-area resident Mary Holmes said she, too, is concerned about the problem. She was a school bus driver for 24 years, and Holmes said she believes drivers should respect the school bus much more than they do.

“It is a residential area and they know that bus is running,” Holmes said. “Whether they have kids or not, they should still be concerned about children.”

A careless driver can alter a life forever — Holmes knows. She had a grandson who was struck by a car in the street in Natchez — killing him — several years ago.

“I don’t want anybody’s child to get run over,” she said. I would not want to witness that for anybody else.”

“If you are going to drive, you should pay attention to what is going on around you.”

Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said the problem of speeders not respecting the stop signs on school buses is not restricted to the Morgantown area — unfortunately, it is county-wide.

“Those signs come out before the bus comes to a complete stop, and people get in a hurry to pass the bus before they open the doors,” Mayfield said. “But you don’t know if one of those kids is coming from the blind side of the bus, and the kids aren’t going to be paying attention as much as an adult would.”

But the sheriff said his office has heard numerous complaints from the Morgantown area, and the sheriff’s office would be increasing its presence there — including with unmarked patrol vehicles — to ticket reckless drivers.

“It is a dangerous situation, and it is one we take extremely seriously,” he said.

 

 

  • Anonymous

    Come out about 730am-800am and watch cars making 60-70mph passing on double yellow lines,running late to work,etc. Its like the Daytona 500,complaints go unnoticed,nobody gives a rats behind,they moving,they ain,t playin,schoolbuses come through the neighborhoods with their foot on the floor.Where are the poo-poo,deputies,somebody,oh well nobody seems to notice the rockets coming down morgantown..

  • Anonymous

    Reckon the law officers of the city and county ever read these comments…? must not,the cars are moving faster and faster.

  • Anonymous

    They have either been saying or thinking what has been said in this article for years,,about 5 years if i remember correctly but the cars and buses keep getting faster,not slower,nothing has really changed,of course that,s typical natchez,,it is what it is.

  • Anonymous

    The city put a speed hump in front of my house and folks speed up and ramp over it.

  • Anonymous

    This is the reason people take the law into their own hands. SPEEDERS NEED TO BE ARRESTED. A video with the vehicle’s tag number should do it. I don’t know if it will, but it should.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daryl-Walker/100000178721329 Daryl Walker

    Our Constables can also take notice or this situation and patrol these areas. That’s two officers in the county many people don’t consider when they think of problems like this. They do have full police powers and can patrol our neighborhoods just like a deputy can.

  • Anonymous

    THIS SPEEDING IN MORGANTOWN ARTICLE CONTINUE TO RUN IN THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT FOR A *REASON*. LET ME SEE CAN I DO A LITTLE MATLOCK ON IT. NOW I KNOW IT’S IN THE CITY LIMITS, THAT’S NUMER ONE. I KNOW THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS OVER THE CITY LIMIT, THAT’S NUMBER TWO. I KNOW 1% OF THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT DON’T LIKE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THAT’S NUMBER THREE. IS I’M GETTING CLOSE cosmicdust ? NOW I KNOW cosmicdust BEEN UPSET WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT EVERY SENSE THE BLACK CHIEF TOOK CHARGE. cosmicdust AND THE KING GO HAND AND HAND. I SAY TO THE RESIDENTS OF MORGANTOWN THAT’S SCARED OF SPEEDERS IN THAT AREA, GET TOGETHER AND GO TO THE BOARD MEETING AND FILE YOUR COMPLANT. cosmicdust SAID IT’S BEEN GOING ON FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. THAT’S A LONG TIME TO SAY THAT YOU’LL HADN’T REPORTED IT. CONTINUING RUNNING ARTICLES IN THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT CAN’T HELP YOU’LL. CHOOSE cosmicdust TO SPEARHEAD IT SENSE THEY HAVE ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN THAT AREA.

  • Anonymous

    shutup deadhead duece they are not going to do anything, like i said the school buses are just as bad ,they will take you out in the curves,and come through the neighborhoods where 15 mph signs are posted doing 45 or 50,.I have complained before,to no avail,they turn a deaf ear,so shut up with the racial crap,you can,t see what color the speeders are,their going to fast. what does race have to do with insane people,you think that has to do with the amount of pressure on the pedal. idiot..get a job and or a life.

  • Anonymous

    Ive watched many board meetings on tv,,it,s a joke too,one women,,black by the way complained for 15 years,went to the board numerous times,she still has the same problem.they are just like our present goverment,stealing all they can,running the defecit through the way,giving away every dime,ebit cards for gas,cellphones,babysitter,crazy checks,dope checks,casino checks,stripper and hooker money,and keep going that direction,their are very few if any judges when thugs are caught that will do anything,including speeders,,it is what it is we live in the year 2013 and all the laws don,t mean squat anymore.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn,t care if the chief of police was charturese orange with a dodge blue racing stripe,don,t even know him, i live in the county on morgantown road. Im sure if they caught a black persons speeding it would be racial,you would find some reason to say as much,deadhead

  • Anonymous

    SEEM LIKE I HIT A NERVE IN YOU cosmicdust. GO TO THE BOARD MEETING AND SEE CAN YOU GET SOME JUSTICE. THAT MIGHT HELP EASE YOUR OBSESSION OVER SPEEDING IN YOUR AREA. I WISH YOU LUCK, I REALLY DO.

  • Anonymous

    George “Kingfish” Stevens comes to mind when I attempt to read your posts sir. Yep I’m that old. I’ve been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth and Casey Stengel was King.

  • Anonymous

    poo-poo, now that’s a good ‘un right there!

  • Anonymous

    dave07 sounds like he just came off the plantation