Radar aids police at busy Draper intersection

Radar aids police at busy Draper intersection

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DRAPER -- The city of Draper is keeping a close watch on a busy intersection. They say people just aren't paying attention to the speed limit, and with school starting, it's even more dangerous.

If you travel near 300 East and 13340 South when it becomes a school zone, don't be surprised to see Officer Alan Price and his radar gun.

"Thirty-one," he showed me after he clocked a driver he knew was speeding. He shouted to the driver, "It's a 20 [mile per hour] zone."

This may not be the busiest intersection in Draper, but Price says it's one of the most problematic. I spoke with him when the flashing lights were on reminding people the speed limit was 20.

He spotted another speeding driver. "Here's another one coming, right here," he said. After the beep of the radar gun, he said, "Thirty-seven miles an hour."

It's a T-intersection with no stop sign, and the people speeding through it keep Price very busy for the 40 minutes the speed limit is reduced.

"They're just not paying attention to it," Price said. "Nobody cares enough."

Crossing guard Kent Woodward has been on the job for four years. He says he was actually hit by a car last February, and he cracked a couple ribs.

"I wasn't going to come back this year because of last year, you know," he said.

Not only that, but Woodward says people scream, curse and even throw things at him.

"I not going to tell you what they call me," he said.

Woodward says if Officer Price wasn't there with his radar gun, drivers would just fly past him. In the 10 minute span during which I spoke with Price, he clocked seven people going over the limit. He says on an average day he will pull over and cite between 12 and 15 people.

E-mail: pnelson@ksl.com

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