LAFAYETTE – “It’s just gotten so dangerous; people speeding all the time,” says Chad Smith, who lives on General Mouton Ave. For almost a half a mile, here are no stop signs on one busy strip of General Mouton, and drivers are beginning to take advantage.
Explains Smith, “A lot of people take this as a shortcut to avoid all that traffic on Johnston and University and it’s a cut-through.”
Being just a block away from the university (UL-Lafayette), there’s obviously a lot of pedestrian traffic, especially at the intersection of Lamar and General Mouton, where students from a popular student housing complex often walk through.
But although this area is out of their jurisdiction, DOTD officials say simply adding a stop sign could lead to unwanted traffic in other areas.
“If you restrict movements on one-route, what it’s gonna do is it’s gonna move some traffic to other routes, it has an overall impact doing those type of things,” explains DOTD District Administrator Bill Oliver.
However, one simple stop sign somewhere on this strip could reduce the potential for wrecks, with one occurring right here just one week ago.
“I’m not saying that particular case that he would have stopped at the four way sign but it couldn’t have hurt none,,” adds Smith.
This is an important issue for Chad Smith who has something, or rather someone, to lose.
Says Smith, “My 12 year old son goes back and forth to his grandmother’s to play basketball and goes across the street to the bus stop with lots of other kids, and it’s just dangerous.”
While he hopes the city will eventually fix the issue of speeding on general mouton, Smith prays that it won’t be too late.
“Unfortunately it’s going to have to be someone getting hurt or killed, I really believe that,” says the General Mouton resident.
The posted speed limit on this road is 30 mph. Smith says that people driving up 50 mph is the norm. One time he even called the police to sit by his house and clock people. He says a ticket was issued with ten minutes of the officer parking his unit.