Speeding on Memorial Parkway? Huntsville Police Are Watching
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It doesn’t take the busy holiday season for Huntsville Police to notice speeding on Memorial Parkway is a constant issue.They say blatant disregard for the speed limit on the Parkway amounts to much more than just the inconvenience or financial burden of a traffic ticket; it’s really a matter of life and death.
"People speed on every inch of every road we've got out here," say one Huntsville Police Department veteran.
It doesn't take long traveling on Memorial Parkway to become all too aware of the collective lead foot.
"People drive 70 miles per hour, 80 -- I've caught one up to 118 miles per hour," says Sergeant Mark Sheehan of the police department's Special Operations Traffic Division.
Sheehan points out the Parkway has a speed limit of 50 miles per hour from the north end of town to the south. He says that specific limit exists for a reason and is not a suggestion.
"The problem with the parkway is the high-speed, the closed in area on both sides -- it's controlled access so if someone locks it down in front of you, you can't just necessarily go off to the side all the time and go to a safe area."
Sergeant Sheehan has been at this more than 30 years but says he never ceases to be amazed at how important drivers think their schedules are. Important enough he says to routinely risk the safety of others.
"They don't realize how much danger is involved, it's not just getting a ticket," says Sheehan. "You're going to wind up getting in an accident that's going to kill you, someone else, or you're going to endanger somebody's life where they'll be altered forever."
Sheehan warns HPD increases presence around areas known as 'hot spots' where police find the most reckless activity usually occurs.
"We can't stop all the accidents but we can find out where the accidents are happening that have life altering injuries or deaths, that's where we try to concentrate."
Sergeant Sheehan says traffic volume and concentration as well as line of sight and visibility all contribute to the 50 mile per hour speed limit on the Parkway, so make sure you obey it.