WJHL Speed Patrol: Community voices concerns about speeding drivers on Carroll Creek road

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Many people living off Carroll Creek Road in Johnson City say speeding is a growing problem that has now turned into a safety concern for so many families.

Billy Joe Bowman knows just how dangerous the busy traveled Carroll Creek road can be

“I drive on that about 10 times a day,” Bowman said.

Bowman says speeding is a big problem and he has witness drivers going well above the posted 30 mile per hour speed limit.

“I almost got hit the other day right up in front of Carter and Carter,” Bowman said.

Cue Johnson City police officer Tim Hensely. He’s been monitoring drivers speed for over 20 years and knows Carroll Creek pretty well.

We sat on Carroll Creek road for about 15 to 20 minutes while he monitored drivers speed with a radar gun. For the most part drivers were in compliance with the posted speed limit but just when we thought there were no speeders.

Officers Hensely stopped a driver going 42 miles per hour in the 30 mile per hour speed zone.

“What we are trying to do is plant in your mind oh okay there is the police now for the next two weeks it is in your mind oh they may be there again today.” Lieutenant Scotty Carrier said.

Lieutenant Carrier says the police department is hoping this continued effort will reduce speeding on Carroll Creek road. Billy Joe Bowman has same hopes and says it wouldn’t hurt to have even more officers monitoring speed on regular basis.

Police say on average, they issue about a half dozen speeding citation during one sitting on Carroll Creek road. Failure to pay citation could result in court appearances and fines.

If you have a speeding concern in your neighborhood, share it with us: http://wjhl.com/wjhl-speed-patrol/

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