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Quincy police cracking down on speeding along one city street

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Quincy police say Koch's Lane between 18th and 24th streets has become a real concern because of speeding, and now they're cracking down.

Just in the past week, Officer Kevin Pavon says he's given out nearly a dozen speeding tickets along this stretch of road.

"Generally I'll catch people coming in both directions," Pavon said. "I'll be somewhat visible. It doesn't really matter to me if they see my vehicle or not, as long as they slow down."

Even though the posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour, Pavon says many of the drivers he catches are going well above that.
   
"So far, the fastest I've clocked someone going here is 47 mph," Pavon said.
   
Pavon says this stretch of road has become one of Quincy's biggest problem areas for speeders. People who live along Koch's Lane say it's become a real concern.

"We hear them whiz by," Rosemary Duesterhaus said. "There's kids that live across the street there, so you do worry about them going that fast on the street."

So why has this stretch of road become prone to speeding? Pavon has a few theories.
   
"It's a long road that's got a lot of miles on it," Pavon said. "It has a lot of distance without there being any kind of stop sign or traffic light. I think sometimes people just forget how fast they're going."

Whatever the reason, Pavon says he plans to keep his squad car parked off Koch's Lane, to protect both residents and drivers.
   
"In general we're out here every day trying to keep these streets safe for everybody and the general public they want to see us out here doing that, so that's what I'm here doing," Pavon said.
   
It's a presence, residents say they are happy to see.
   
"I do see a lot of times police are out checking with the radar trap and checking for speeders," Roger Leenerts said. "I do think the police department is doing a pretty good job on cracking down on speeders."

If you're caught speeding, you face up to a $140 fine.
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