Speedbusters

'You have to run' across Milwaukee intersection where speeding is common

CREATED Mar. 26, 2013

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  • Steve Chamraz reports on the speeding traffic on 2nd and Capitol. Video by tmj4.com

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MILWAUKEE - Speedbusters takes us to a busy street where the speed limit seems to be just a suggestion.

It has some pedestrians running for their lives.

North Second Street and West Capitol Drive in Milwaukee is a familiar intersection to Speedbusters.

We drive through it almost every day on the way to work at TODAY'S TMJ4.

That helped us notice a nagging problem with drivers ignoring the 30 miles-per-hour speed limit.

"You have to run, kind of jog (across the street)," Jackie Molton told TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz.

Pedestrians know this as they dodge speeders.

We found many drivers going more than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in this area.

A lot of traffic pours onto Capitol Drive in this area.

Cars exiting I-43 merge with those from Port Washington Road.

That turns this stretch of street into a racetrack.

"Sometimes, a pedestrian has trouble getting across the street because people are in a hurry to get to where they're going," explains Avery Staples, another person who walks in that area.

"You've got to run across the street, because you don't know if they're going to keep going or not."

"You've got to run for it, unless you push the button and that gives you a little more time," added Molton.

A little more time is one thing.

A little more common sense would be even better, because all those drivers ignoring the limit are putting pedestrians in danger.