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Woman Takes Tough Stance To Try And Slow Drivers

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - A Franklin grandmother had enough with drivers speeding past her Boyd Mill Avenue home, so she posted a sign that has gotten a lot attention.

Damon Rogers has lived on the street, not far from downtown Franklin, most of her life.

"It's a busier street than it used to be. When it was first built it was just a little carriage lane," Rogers said.

She explained many of the drivers who go past her house do not adhere to the posted 25 miles per hour speed limit.

Rogers said many go 40, even 50 miles per hour through the residential neighborhood.

"People have gotten too used to seeing speed limit signs, We need something that captures their attention," according to Rogers.

She has tried different ways to slow down drivers in the past.

"I've hollered at people, they've hollered back," Rogers said. "Every once and a while, when I've just had it, I'll get my blow dryer and take it out and pretend it's a radar gun. It's probably against the law, but ignorance is bliss."

Last week, after school let out for the year, Rogers decided to take a different approach. She had seen a sign she thought might catch the attention of people driving by her home.

"I thought it was a little harsh when I first read, but because it captured my attention, I thought, well I'm going to try it," Rogers said.

The sign reads, "Hit my kid, or dog because you're speeding, you won't need a lawyer."

The sign is harsh, but Rogers said she is not.

"I don't mean that as a threat, I am a very nice person," Rogers explained. "I'll love you to death, but no, no, I won't hurt you."

The grandmother simply wanted to make a point.

"40 and 50, you can't stop. You just can't stop if something comes out in the street at you," according to Rogers.

Rogers said she is just dealing with an issue she believes people in neighborhoods across the mid-state most likely deal with.

"For a minimum investment you can make a sign and maybe make a difference in your neighborhood," Rogers said.

Local police departments do respond to citizen complaints about speeding and in many cases will set up special patrols, or programs to try and curb the problem.

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