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Clay County speeders caught going twice the legal limit

10:49 AM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -- John Taylor remembers when Old Hard Road off County Road 220 didn't have so many mailboxes.

"It was all dirt, and you didn't have anything to worry about," said Taylor.

But now the road is paved for drivers, and it takes you to plenty of places in a growing part of Clay County.

Taylor said, "There's an elementary school at the end of Old Hard Road. There's a YMCA back there."

One downside of the development, Taylor believes, is speeding.

"You can drive a lot faster. There's no doubt," Taylor added.

Turns out, our radar gun is proving his theory correct.

First Coast News caught some drivers driving 50 miles per hour down Old Hard Road. The speed limit is half that.

When confronted about their speed, one driver told First Coast News, "I really don't care dude."

Another driver said they were speeding because they were running late.

They then asked, "You weren't clocking that were you?"

"I was clocking it to put on the news because you're going twice as fast as you should be," First Coast News responded.

One major issue, though, was a small red car.

It flew by our radar three times before the driver decided to stop and face our camera.

We clocked the driver at 50, 47 and 42 miles per hour.

They explained themselves by saying, "If there's nobody on the road with me, I'm a good driver. Never been in wreck. Never really had no worries. Cops speed. Cops break laws too. I mean, I'm a citizen, you know. I do my own thing."

As for Taylor, he's worried it could only be a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

"There's a lot of kids around here, you know, and if they're speeding, it's not safe," he said.

First Coast News tried to get the number of speeding tickets written on Old Hard Hard from the Clay County Sheriff's Office. However, no one got back to us in time for our deadline.

If you'd like to see more done about speeding in this area, you can call the C.C.S.O. at 904-264-6512.

You can also contact Clay County Commissioner Wendell Davis at 904-234-4630. He represents the Old Hard Road area.

First Coast News also caught speeders going 30 miles per hour in a 15 mile per hour school zone near Old Hard Road and Town Center Parkway.


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