Speeding continues to be a widely reported problem in neighborhoods across Knoxville.

But now the city has a program that targets speeders and calms traffic in neighborhoods.

In some neighborhoods, like Old North Knoxville, traffic circles, speed bumps and stop signs have been installed for over a decade.

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"They've made a difference, but it's not perfect, and there are always people that will speed," said Old North Knoxville resident and 4th District City Councilwoman Lauren Rider.

She's one of several residents who has said speeding in the area is bad, even with all the devices meant to slow it down.

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Old North Knoxville neighbors voted back in 2006 to install traffic circles to stop speeders.

"It's not just hitting our children, our pets, making it unsafe to walk around, but also unsafe for you to park your car on the street," Rider said.

Several neighbors in Old North Knoxville said they see speeding every day, especially on busier streets like Scott Avenue.

To test that out, 10 News used a radar gun on a number of cars driving by.

Rider said speeding there mostly occurs in the morning on the way to work and late at night, but our radar gun caught a few offenders going over 25 miles per hour in the middle of the day.

Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Pete Creel wants to see a greater police presence to curb speeding, since traffic circles don't seem to be the most effective answer.

"Most people are just in a hurry to get some place and they don't want to wait for the stop signs and stop lights so they cut through neighborhoods," said Creel.

The city is listening to these concerns from all over Knoxville.

Neighborhood Coordinator David Massey said the city launched the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program last fall.

"Since that time we have received 15 applications from various neighborhoods across the city," Massey said.

That's not including Old North Knoxville, which is ineligible since it just got a few new traffic controllers installed not long ago.

The city is conducting speed studies on the neighborhoods that applied to the program.

Massey said four neighborhoods may be cleared to start construction on traffic controlling devices this fall.

Until then, there are other options.

"We can ask KPD to stake it out for speed enforcement and we can also provide some education materials that the neighborhoods can use," Massey said.

Any neighborhoods interested in applying for the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program can find that information here.