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Neighbors fed up with speeders on stretch of Las Vegas road with deadly history

Posted at 11:27 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-15 02:55:38-04

People in one part of the Las Vegas valley are tired of a nearby stretch of road being treated like a race track.

Tracy Bland reached out to 13 Action News about the drivers who speed down Owens Avenue outside her home between Sandhill Road and Lamb Boulevard.

"I've seen them do 80 [miles per hour]," Bland said. "I mean, just flying."

The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

Lillian Chernigan frequently walks on Owens Avenue, and she says the signs might as well not even be there.

"They use this street as a drag strip," Chernigan said.

Sadly, the community has felt the effects of the unsafe driving far too often in recent years.

Since the beginning of 2016, a five-mile stretch of Owens Avenue from H Street to Nellis Boulevard has seen five deadly crashes, two of which involved pedestrians.

"One minute you'd be walking on this street and the next minute you're in a body bag," Bland said.

She thinks one reason drivers floor it in front of her home is because there aren't enough traffic signals.

There's a spotlight at Owens and Sandhill, and there isn't another one until Lamb, a half-mile down.

Several of the government agencies that could help implement changes were closed Friday. 13 Action News plans to reach out to them again next week.