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Boy credited with helping neighborhood earn speed humps

We first told you months ago about the 11-year old boy who used his toy radar gun to curb speeders in his neighborhood. Now his attention to speeders has helped the neighborhood get money to put in speed humps.

Whether his influence was direct or indirect depends on who you ask. But there is no doubt among some that 11-year old Landon Wilburn played a role in changing driving habits in his neighborhood.

Tucked into a drawer in his room is the toy that started it all. Eleven-year old Landon Wilburn spent his summer patrolling the streets of Stone Lakes. Clocking speeders with his toy radar gun and hoping for change; that speeders would slow down.

"It's been fun for the kids," said Julia Wilburn.

His mother, Julia, never expected the attention and the national press interviews that would follow.

"Chief White came out and presented him with some things and then he met that guy in New York," said Julia.

"They gave me the vest and they gave me the badge," said Landon.

Even Landon's equipment got an upgrade courtesy of the Miami Beach Police Department and the Bushell company.

"And they gave me a radar gun. It's a really nice one," said Landon.

While his patrol efforts have slowed by the paperwork and bureaucracy of homework, his radar skills might have led to something else.

"At this point Landon seems like he generated a good possibility for us to get the speed humps and hopefully that will curtail the speeding," said George Ayers, speed humps supporter.

A city traffic study conducted last year proved Stone Lakes had enough speeders to warrant speed humps.

And despite those opposed, a neighborhood petition drive secured enough signatures to approve the installation of five speed humps.

Funding for these speed humps is going to be split down the middle. $4500 will come from the developer. The other $4500 would come from councilman Benson's office. He says he hopes to have them installed by the end of this year.

"I think Landon just brought attention to the fact that there are people speeding not only in our subdivision but possibly other subdivisions throughout our community," said Ayers.

"I think it's awesome because everyone signed the petition. And I'm like it was all because of me," said Landon.

Councilman Stuart Benson says it will be up to the city's public works department to install the speed humps. Again, he hopes they will be installed by the end of the year.

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