Freeport, Illinois — Those busy Freeport motorists. We’ve all seen them. Buzzing around town and up and down our city streets like they’re late for a childbirth and, apparently lost because usually they are nowhere near a hospital.
Whether it’s baby on the way or Friday night fish fry, wherever all of these dashing drivers are headed, we tend to notice it most… when our children are around.
That’s when the citizens of Freeport say, look lady, dude, guy, teen; we’ve had enough!
A few months ago we put out a question asked by a local Dad concerned over speeding drivers in his neighborhood. If you haven’t noticed, we love asking questions because it helps us ALL learn more about our community as a whole. So how do us Freeportians feel about those “speedy” drivers on our streets and which ones are the worst? Well, we compiled a list and below are the streets in Freeport where you drivers out there, yes possibly you, yeah, you’re driving just wayyyy toooo fast.
So here’s the deal lady, dude, guy, teen, next time you’re out and about crusin around in our beautiful city, here’s a few tips to just keep in mind.
One, try and do the speed limit. Two, the whole children, other people thing. Really. There’s a lot of children around these areas. They could chase a ball in the street, they could be running for their Mommy. You don’t want to hit that kid. You don’t want hit any child. You don’t want to hit anyone, or be hit, so just pay attention to how fast you’re going, especially on these streets revealed by you, as Freeport’s 36 worst streets for speeders.
#1. Oak Street
Casey and twelve others say: On Oak between Empire and South. Cars do 60-70 down from South to the stop sign on Empire! Daily thing over here!
Others say: It’s horrible…A squad car would faithfully sit on Cleveland and clock people flying down the street. SLOW DOWN FOLKS!!
#2. Greenfield Drive
Heather and eight others say: Greenfield Dr. Friend’s car was parked on the street and was totaled in a hit and run by a speeding drive.
Others say: People are always speeding. There are a lot of pedestrians, that includes kids, kids on bikes, runners, people walking their pets, and people just out for a stroll. People even pass other cars if they are not moving fast enough.
#3. Chicago – Chicago & Empire
Trinity and eight other say: 1700 block of Chicago. Cars are always speeding. I also run a daycare. Just the other day a van & car were racing each other. The van ended up cutting off the car & got in front of the van. Very scary.
Others say: Chicago and Empire. Glad we lived on a hill and across the highway, down Fairgrounds Rd to Walnut (4 sport cars)
Chicago ave between Empire and the Beltline has been a speedway years
Long stretch of 1300-1600 S Chicago between Empire and South Street.
East end of empire. Empre
#4. Clark Street
William and seven others say: Clark Street!!!!!!!! Long straight away, no one cares if kids are out either, even commercial vehicles speed here, as well as people driving the wrong way down this one way street
Others say: Clark St from Galena to West! No stop signs or cross streets so people use it as a 1/4 mile drag strip. They just fly down this street with no regard, I also see sooooooo many people on their cell phones too while driving past my house.
#5. Lincoln Blvd.
Cortney and five others say: Lincoln Blvd cars are always speeding my house .
Others say: 700 block of Lincoln Street.
Jeanie and four others say: West Cottonwood! I watch kids almost get hit all the time and the kids are being careful its the cars speeding down the street like it’s the Indy 500!
Others say: The entire Cottonwood area Apple Ave to Lemon Ave. There are no stop signs and people just fly around the corner without even stopping!!
#7. Float Street
Others say: Float Ave between South St. And Empire
#8. Whistler Street
Kathy and three others say: Whistler Street! They quite literally fly by!
#9. Burchard Avenue
Four people on Burchard say: Burchard Ave! This street is FULL of kids playing outside yet cars are always zooming up & down. It amazes me how fast they’re going even coming from or heading towards a stop sign. They never seem to slow down when kids are present either unsure emoticon.
#11. Pleasant Street
Here’s three more that say: State, Pleasant, Galena, Float any Street in the 3rd ward. Tons of kids running around riding bikes.
Yet others say: West Pleasant before Locust to West Street.
#12. Homer Street
Angela and three others say: Homer Street by West Street. Cars drive down road so fast I wont let me kids play outside. The best they can do is play on the porch. Late at night is worse.
Others say: Yes Homer Street and Elk Street. Speeding.
#13. Foley Avenue
Others say: People did the same on Powell.
#14. Park Blvd.
Abbey and two others say: Park Blvd every single day!
Sherry and two other residents say: East Washington.
Carrie and others say: Avon between West and Locust is ridiculous. That’s the second mention of Locust.
Sandy and two others say: Crestwood Dr. Merntz.
#19. Park Crest
Beth and two others say: Park Crest.
Becky says: Carroll St, by Jefferson.
Others say: Carroll Avenue from Empire to the Beltline.
The Remaining 16 Streets In Freeport:
The rest of the list is comprised of those who commented a street where they were the only ones who reported seeing Freeport’s speedy drivers. We’ve included some of comments
- Intersection of Valley View Drive and Westwood
- Stephenson st 1200 – 1300 block
- Loras Dr
- Stop sign before the street turns into Factory but the speeders either blow it or just don’t stop.
- Bailey Ave. Folks use it as a through street from Stephenson to Galena and go way too fast.
- Adams – right in front of Stephenson County Jail. Thay go by so fast they can’t stop at stop sign.
- High Street! People fly by.
- Always on Winter Dr. They love the curves.
- Fuller Street! It’s only a stinking block long but I’m amazed at how fast people go down it. Why turn off of Carroll to fly down Fuller for a block then turn onto Chicago in the same direction you were going down Carroll?! Just doesn’t make sense!
- Jefferson St.
- Garfield St between Locust and Walnut
- Maple St. They are ALWAYS flying up and down.
- West Douglas
- W American
Three of you said: U.S. Rt 20. I drive it every day and I drive the speed limit. People pass by me like I’m standing still. There’s been many fatal accidents on that road lately. It’s a shame.