AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s a sound neighbor Jeff Makela says he’s used to hearing nowadays. “I can see and hear them all day long,” he said.
Gravel and dirt hauling trucks pass by Makela’s front yard daily, thanks to new construction nearby in the Austin Colony neighborhood in east Austin.
“I think there’s over 300 houses being built in this new area back here.” But with the new construction comes some new worries.
“My goal for recording this intersection from my window is safety,” Makela said. He set up a camera pointing out his front window years ago to watch what happens and also make sure strangers who come up to his door aren’t up to anything suspicious.
“That camera is there specifically to watch in case an accident happens and the truth is not told.”
As far back as February, Makela started noticing various gravel hauling trucks running through the stop sign outside his house.
“I’d say close to 50 percent of the trucks just roll right through the stop sign without a care in the world,” he said.
Since then, he’s recorded several other trucks turning or coasting down the street without stopping.
“The safety issue is more of what I’m looking our for for my neighbors coming and going, walking and running, riding bikes and motorcycles around here,” he said.
Makela says through the process, he has called the Travis County Sheriff’s office, the construction company and the county commercial enforcement.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office told KXAN they have repeatedly responded to Makela’s calls about the trucks. A spokeswoman says they have increased patrols and awareness in that area, hoping the truck drivers will see them and be encouraged to obey the law.
In his three years in the neighborhood, Makela says he’s never recorded a crash and hopes he never does. “I just can’t seem to let this go, because one day something bad [is] going to happen.”