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Father installs own stop signs on neighborhood street

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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too bad he a) doesn't teach his kids how to play in the street or b) keeps them out of the street.

this "I'm more important than you" attitude ticks me off

people speeding? ask the police for more enforcement
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too bad he a) doesn't teach his kids how to play in the street or b) keeps them out of the street.
In most civilized countries a pedestrian has the highest priority on the street. So if a motor vehicle get involved in a crash with a pedestrian or a bike the motor vehicle will be always at fault whatever has done the other party (on the principle that a driver must be able to stop at anytime and anticipate!).

Every time I come back to the US, I find people driving more and more like lunatics from my previous trip. That said in France we are even worth and the country is breaking every year its record for death on the roads. Leaving town mayors with few choices than adding speed bumps every month on our roads. I have 25 speed bumps to commute to work for less than 10 kilometers of town streets....
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In most civilized countries a pedestrian has the highest priority on the street. So if a motor vehicle get involved in a crash with a pedestrian or a bike the motor vehicle will be always at fault whatever has done the other party (on the principle that a driver must be able to stop at anytime and anticipate!).

Every time I come back to the US, I find people driving more and more like lunatics from my previous trip. That said in France we are even worth and the country is breaking every year its record for death on the roads. Leaving town mayors with few choices than adding speed bumps every month on our roads. I have 25 speed bumps to commute to work for less than 10 kilometers of town streets....
I don't consider playing in the street being a pedestrian. also do the pedestrians outside the US take responsibility for them selves? (not walking 3 across on a narrow road, walking with traffic?)

I grew up in the city and played in the street. We watched out for cars, and got out of the way. Here kids think the street is their play area and cars are interlopers.
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