South Lincoln Neighborhood tracking traffic speeds with home camera

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A small street in South Lincoln has started its on tracking system. This after seeing cars fly through their family friendly neighborhood going more than 50 miles per hour.

One neighbor in particular has had enough.

Tony Reinke knows a lot about data calculations, so he set up a camera to track and log cars passing by his house. He hopes putting his results out in the public will bring change.

Cars sped past Reinke's house all afternoon. It was late afternoon, right when school lets out. He points to an SUV, "that was probably doing 35".

Reinke said this is normal, even though the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. On average 950 cars drive the residential road, Vavrina Lane, everyday.

"This street is actually a cut through street between 14th and 27th, so we tend to have a lot of traffic. We also have a school in our neighborhood," said Reinke.

His lived in the area for 5 years and just a couple months ago started tracking the traffic himself, because of how many little kids live on the street.

"We try to keep them closer to the house than the sidewalk, but occasionally the ball does go out into the street and with so many cars going every which way and their speeds going 10 miles an hour up to 40 miles an hour it becomes an issue and a safety concern for us parents," said Reinke.

His software is a home camera that snaps three photos every time something passes through the camera frame.

"So when a car travels, passes the green line, and finishes at the red line, it's able to calculate the time it took between the two times," said Reinke. This then gives him the speed of the car and compiles the data into certain speed groups, and divides it by hours.

"We've been seeing that between 7 am and 8 am is the busiest, followed by the 3 pm to 5 pm time frame," said Reinke.

He's been putting that raw data on a Twitter account showing the number of cars and the average speed. Lincoln's Public Safety Director responded to him saying quote, "A few well-placed speeding tickets might actually help".

"They're looking at increasing the patrol, potentially doing speed traps. Not just for our neighborhood but for neighborhoods across the city. It is a known issue and they are working," said Reinke.

Last Thursday the numbers on Reinke's Twitter showed 62 cars going between 30 and 55 miles per hour just from 7 to 8 a.m. That's when he had enough and reached out to Lincoln Police.