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Ask 13: 'Why don't police monitor and ticket all the speeders' in Asheville school zone?

"In the afternoon, I drive past Asheville High School off McDowell," Cindy wrote Ask 13. "I always slow down to the school zone speed limit, while other cars pass me like I'm sitting still! Why don't police monitor and ticket all the speeders?" (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

People angry with drivers speeding through an Asheville school zone are speaking out.

There's a street that passes right by Asheville High School where drivers routinely ignore the speed limit, viewers said.

"In the afternoon, I drive past Asheville High School off McDowell," Cindy wrote Ask 13. "I always slow down to the school zone speed limit, while other cars pass me like I'm sitting still! Why don't police monitor and ticket all the speeders?"

Cindy isn't the only one who has noticed the speeding cars.

"It is so bad," crossing guard Robin Steele said. "They don't have no respect for us or the kids. No respect at all.

"I've been doing this job for 22 years, and no one does the 25 mile speed limit. Never, ever."

Workers at Canine Shear Heaven have also witnessed the speeding.

"I hear the doors shake. It rattles the glass frequently," Remy Sawyer said.

Sawyer believes drivers are oblivious to the school speed limit.

"The official concern is that there's not enough, it's not well enough marked," she said.

But Steele, armed with only her stop sign, sees it differently.

"They fly past here. They open their windows and cuss me out," Steele said. "They call me all kind of names. They don't stop for the kids. They don't, they crazy."

Sawyer said the students recognize Steele's efforts to keep them safe.

"They respect her a lot, which is very neat to see with people their age," Sawyer said. "The kids are definitely scared, and they appreciate what she does for them."

But, sometimes, it all gets to Steele, who admitted she had considered quitting.

"I just can't believe these people. I just can't believe how they act. And how they treat us," she said.

But, she said the students are like her children. It's the kids that keep her coming back to the crossing.

"I just can't leave 'em because I love 'em," Steele said. "And they respect me and love me, and these people don't care. They in such a hurry, they won't stop."

Steele said police do occasionally target the area for speeders, and, when they do, they write lots of tickets. But, apparently, it doesn't help.

Asheville Police Department spokesperson Christina Hallingse said Mcdowell Street, in the area of Asheville High, is one of the department's most aggressively addressed streets.

"We have a presence on this stretch of road multiple times a week, with a focus on the times around school drop-off and pick-up," Hallingse said.

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