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QPD sees an increase in speeding north of 18th and Seminary road

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

How often do you catch yourself speeding?

Quincy police are catching more drivers with a lead foot and they are issuing a warning tonight, slow down.

There are several trouble spots around town, and one in particular is raising concerns with neighbors.

QPD says they've seen in increase in speeding just north of 18th and Seminary Road.

Police say this area is a major cause for concern because drivers are going 5-10 miles per hour above the speed limit on average. And neighbors say they are simply fed up with it.

Pat Hindbaugh lives just off of North 18th Street and says with so many drivers speeding by her house she won't even let her grandchildren play in the front yard.

"People just don't seem concerned with speed limits, and I'm afraid for kids," said Hindbaugh.

Just down the street, Avery Bridgeman says not only is speeding a safety hazard, but it's also a disturbance to the neighborhood.

"It is kind of annoying to hear 6-cylinder engines revving by in the middle of the night," said Bridgeman.

Patrol Officer Craig Hufford with the Quincy Police department says one reason behind the problem is drivers actually confuse the city street with a highway.

"Several people think that they are starting to leave town where they are actually not, and we actually have a lot of problems on Koch's Lane as well, a lot of people speed there as well, you're not out of town yet," said Hufford.

Officer Hufford says the steep hill on the stretch of road makes it harder for drivers to see students at Quincy University's North Campus to the south of the bridge.

And people at Bob Mays Park to the north of the bridge.

"As your headed north on 18th here, it opens up and you have got to keep in mind even though there is a big hill you're going to gain speed and you still need to slow down," said Hufford.

QPD says they will be increasing patrols in this area, and will continue to use speed trailers to monitor the situation.

The minimum cost for a speeding ticket in Quincy is $120.

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