Boy, 11, Uses Toy Radar Gun to Slow Speeders

Want people to slow down on your street? Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.

After numerous complaints about speeders, Metro Councilman Stuart Benson commissioned a traffic study for the area. “We probably get 10 calls for speeding there for every one in any other neighborhood,” said Angela Webster, Bensons legislative aide.

In the meantime, 11-year-old Landon Wilburn got an idea. He and his friends had often yelled at speeders to slow down, to no avail.Then last month, Landon began pointing a Hot Wheels-brand radar gun at them and charting their speeds. The orange radar gun, which costs $30 to $40 at toy stores — although Landon traded toys with a neighbor for his — can clock the speed of almost anything from baseballs to cars.

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