Do. Not. Mess. With. My. Kids.
Our neighborhood is not perfect. There are no sidewalks. I hate that the speed limit is 30 MPH. And there are just way too many rentals for my taste.
But I have some great neighbors! They watch out for our house when we are out of town. They have dog-sat in a pinch when we needed to go out of town last minute. And I love that there are lots of kids in the neighborhood. And kids that play outside!! In the day and age where people moan and complain that all their kids want to do is watch tv and play video games, I have two kids that are constantly playing outside with their neighbor friends.
The problem: I have one neighbor couple who likes to speed. And I'm not talking goes 5 miles over the posted 30. I'm talking he likes to get his 4 wheeler out (illegal on our neighborhood streets BTW) and go full throttle up and down our street. He likes to burn out when pulling out of his driveway. And rip up and down the street in his new used-BMW going easily 50 mph.
She drives fast too, but just fast, not aggressive and obnoxious like he does. But she still probably whips up our road going at least 40 mph.
I have no problem with this couple other than their speeding. I have even went and talked to them about it twice. Asking them to PLEASE slow down and obey the speed limit for the safety of the neighborhood kids and dogs that sometimes escape off leash (including HIS!). To my face he says okay. But actions speak louder than words, and his actions say that I can kiss his ass.
Well guess what dude? I'm pulling out some action of my own! First thing this morning, I headed down to city hall and picked up an application and petition for getting speed bumps put in our street. Because if you can't stop being an jerk on your own, I'll get the government on my side to stop you.
And guess what jerk? I'm not taking no for an answer! Because I'm stopping this nonsense before someone gets hurt!
I hate that it has had to come to this. I feel like this could have all been settled with some civil conversation and understanding (they are young and don't have kids yet, so I get why maybe they didn't realize how it would bother us old-parent-people), but the guy just isn't listening.
And if you are wondering if we've called the police first, why yes we have. In fact, the police were called just last night. As I'm standing in my neighbor's yard, preparing to take a family walk, I heard a screeching sound and revving engine. Then saw his car ripping around the corner and up our road. He whipped into his drive way. A few seconds later, he whipped back out, then burned out back down the street. Another bold mother stood in the middle of the street with her hand up, yelling at him to slow down. He actually ACCELERATED! Then SLAMMED on this breaks. Luckily, she jumped out of the way, otherwise he would have hit her. Then, he jumps out of his car and starts running towards her with clenched fists shouting "I can drive as fast as I fucking want to!" and then smacks her hard, causing her mail to fly all over the road. At this point, some men from down the road started running towards him and yelling. So he jumped back in the car and sped off, actually swerving at them as if threatening to hit them. Then the woman he hit called the police.
When the cops got there about 10 minutes later, I gave them his name and address. And then gave my statement for what I saw. Then, I began my plan to get speed bumps installed. Because if asking nicely doesn't work. If calling the cops doesn't work. Then by-golly freaking speed bumps should slow this creep down!