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Quincy Police crack down on speeding along North 5th Street

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Speeding in the City of Quincy: One officer says it's the worst he's seen in nearly a decade. If you have a lead foot, beware, police are cracking down.

"We've clocked several cars in the 50s, 60s, the highest being 70," said Officer Neal Meyer with the Quincy Police Department. "One of the highest I've seen running surveys in the last 10 years."

Meyer says he didn't realize speeding on North 5th Street was a problem until Knapheide expressed concerns to him.

"A lot of trucks leaving and entering the roadway, pedestrians going from one building to the next, there's a lot of foot traffic, trucks backing in and out," said Meyer.

Due to the complaints, drivers can expect to see more police sitting along the road looking to catch you going over the 30 mile per hour limit.

"We do need to control this speed and we are going to do what it takes to do it," said Meyer.

And, it's not just Knapheide that's fed up. Residents like Glenda Altgilbers, who has lived along North 5th for almost 50 years, says something needs to be done.

"There are times when you wake up in the night and hear motorcycles racing or cars racing," said Altgilbers.

And with a hill creating a blind spot, something as simple as backing out of the driveway is a concern.

"You have to roll your window down and listen to see if you can hear somebody coming," said Altgilbers. "Sometimes you can hear the cars and sometimes you can't."

For those drivers with a lead foot, Altgilbers hopes the increased police presence will be the answer.

"I think they'll probably be more conscious of speeding if they know there's law enforcement around watching," said Altgilbers.

QPD has stepped up their patrols along North 5th and Officer Meyer says on average they have reduced drivers speed 5 miles an hour.

But, even with the progress, he says they will continue to monitor the area until the problem is under control.

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