KUSA - A Douglas County father fed up with cars speeding in his neighborhood took matters into his own hands and installed two stop signs.
Kurt Smith is a father of two and works for a sign company. He placed the stop signs in front of his house that is just west of the Park Meadows Mall at Altair Drive and Omega Circle.
The signs lasted just a day once sheriff's deputies found out, but neighbors might see them again soon.
Smith said he's sick of seeing people speed in on his street -- especially as kids dart in and out of the roadway on scooters and skateboards.
"Car! You guys all out of the street," he warned the neighborhood children.
"I want to keep them safe, as well as my own," he said.
Andrew Tschetter, 11, said he was almost hit earlier this summer, but still likes to play in the friendly community.
"You don't have to worry about too many bad things happening, that's the only thing you may have to worry about, is cars speeding," he said.
To protect kids like Andrew, Smith did something a little unconventional.
"I put up some legal stop signs but illegally placed them," Smith said.
It took less than 24 hours for a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy to take them down by hand.
But these aren't the first signs Smith put up. He started with "slowdown" safety signs but upgraded to legitimate stop signs.
Neighbor Joey Herrera said he saw people slow down when they saw the signs.
"They looked a little confused," he said.
Herrera said he liked they were paying attention on Altair Drive.
"People flying up and down the street sometimes 50 miles an hour," he said.
Kurt knows he can get in trouble, but said if it can prevent an accident, this won't be the last of the stop signs.
"I guarantee it will be done again before next Saturday," he said.
Kurt Smith has not been charged with a crime but Douglas County Sheriff's officials say he could face a misdemeanor for hindering transportation.
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