Woman in bathrobe hopes to deter speeders in Mount Dora

Homeowner Pam Bisanti holds sign on her street, aiming to effect change

By Jennifer Ortega - Reporter

MOUNT DORA, Fla. - A homeowner stands outside every morning with a sign in her hand, in hopes of slowing down speeders on Clayton Street in Mount Dora.

"It's 25 miles an hour," Pam Bisanti said. "That's simple. You'll get there eventually."

Bisanti said she would rather enjoy her morning coffee sitting on the front patio of her home, but the sound of speeding cars going down her street has prompted her to take action. Therefore, now she stands at the end of her driveway in her bathrobe, waving at speeders to slow down.

"I want everybody to get to where they're going," Bisanti said. "I'm not trying to stop that. There are three small children that come down this street and cross over here for the bus stop."

Bisanti said she has been holding up the sign for two days now, for 45 minutes at a time. 

At last week's City Council meeting, Bisanti voiced her concerns to commissioners in Mount Dora. 

City officials told News 6 they're conducting a study to look into the speed limit in the area. The study started just after Thanksgiving and could last for up to 90 days.

Bisanti said she just wants something done soon, before it's too late.

"The worst thing to me that could happen is that one of these days, I end up calling 911 for one of those children and I'll be running up their street to tell their mother, because I know where they live," Bisanti said. "That would just about kill me."

So far, city leaders said, in October, over the course of more than 30 days, police have stopped 57 speeding vehicles on Clayton Street.

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