Neighbors frustrated by city’s response to speeding drivers, fiery crashes on metro Atlanta road

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Speeding is causing hazardous conditions that are beginning to frustrate neighbors in South Fulton.

Khy Burras said at least five crashes have occurred near her home since she moved to South Fulton five years ago.

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“We could hear it from the backyard, and we knew what time it was,” she said.

She says this fiery crash back on June 7 was enough for her to contact Channel 2 Action News.

“We shouldn’t have to come home to this, not all the time,” she said.

She says the car barely missed her front gate; it was so intense, fire crews had to keep her grass from catching fire.

“It’s always accidents landing in our yard,” Burras said.

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Burras says cars zip around this bend on Enon Road. above the 35 mph speed limit and her house is the first to feel the impact. She said years ago, there was a crash so bad, car parts landed on her front porch.

“He came out the yard hitting another pillar,” she said.

She says she’s spent at least $30,000 in repairs and has begged the City of South Fulton to add speed humps. She says she was shut down by city leaders several times.

“Because it’s a main road, we can’t get them,” she said.

Channel 2′s Justin Carter took her concerns to the mayor of South Fulton, Khalid Kamau.

“The 100% most effective way to stop speeding is just by putting a speed table down,” he said.

Kamau said a traffic study was completed, but it’s been a challenge securing funding for speed humps because they can cost between $10,000-$30,000 apiece.

“The laws don’t match the realities of people’s lives,” Kamau said.

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He says speed is a city-wide problem he’s going to take to council when it’s time to approve the budget in October.

“Traffic studies, traffic calming measures – that just needs to be a bigger part of our public works budget,” Kamau said.

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