'Zoo neighborhood' fights back against speeders - WSMV News 4

'Zoo neighborhood' fights back against speeders

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Neighbors held signs asking drivers cutting through the neighborhood to slow down. (WSMV) Neighbors held signs asking drivers cutting through the neighborhood to slow down. (WSMV)

Residents of one Nashville neighborhood have made their own effort to slow down drivers who ignore the speed limit.

Ellen Britton and others who live in the Caldwell Abbay Hall neighborhood held brightly colored signs to remind drivers of the speed limit.

“We’ve had a lot of near misses where pedestrians were almost struck by cars who were going too fast and not paying attention,” Britton said.

Caldwell Abbay Hall is also known as the zoo neighborhood. It’s tucked between Crieve Hall and the Nashville Zoo.

The neighborhood roads are popular cut-throughs for drivers trying to avoid rush hour traffic.

Britton said she understands people want to avoid traffic, but they need to remember Caldwell Abbay Hall is a quiet neighborhood with children, walkers and runners often present.

“We welcome everyone to our neighborhood. We just ask that they drive carefully, they drive as if they live here,” Britton said. “We also ask that people respect the stop signs because they’re there for a reason. Often times people will consider the stop sign as a suggestion or as optional, and it’s really not.”

Britton doesn’t have a radar gun, but she estimates she has seen people drive as fast as 50 mph through the neighborhood.

Britton and other homeowners are planning another traffic rally next Monday from 7 to 8 a.m. Small groups will gather along Lynn Drive near Abby Drive and Wauford Drive, and also at the corners of Gaywood and Binkley.

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