South side speeders plague historic street
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MILWAUKEE -- When lawmakers were not able to slow down drivers on the city's south side, one woman turned to Speedbusters for help.
Antoinette LaVarda lives on a historic stretch of Layton Boulevard.
It's a stretch of road lined with old and even historic homes on either side.
Lavarda owns a 1905 terra cotta beauty -- which she feels being shaken to pieces by drivers who ignore the limit.
"We get 50 miles per hour all day long," she said. "It starts at 4 o'clock in the morning, it wakes us up. It's now rattling our historical home and we're upset about it."
LaVarda has been trying to get someone in city or state government to come up with a way to stop the speeders.
And none were helpful. So she called Speedbusters.
Not only did we haul out the Speedbusters gun in response, we called in her alderman -- Bob Donovan -- for answers.
The alderman doesn't think building speed bumps or narrowing the streets is an option here.
He says police can only patrol this stretch so much.
"Other than having the police continue to monitor it, I don't see a real significant improvement. I wish I had a better answer for you," Donovan said.
Which is pretty much the same thing he told LaVarda.
Which means her home continues to shake.
"We're panicked," she said. "We've learned how to plaster."