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Pleasant Prairie man says cars keep crashing into his lawn, asks village to build guardrail

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Pleasant Prairie man is fed up after a car crashed into his front yard Monday morning. Greg Hakala said this has been happening for years.

He lives on Springbrook Road near 26th Street, and years ago the crashes became so frequent he set up cement barriers to protect his home.

“I talked to the village about putting a guardrail here and they said they would not do it,” Hakala said. “I said if you won’t do it, I’m going to make my own.”

Monday’s crash knocked over some of his barriers and tore up his yard, leaving behind tire tracks and mud.

He said the problem is drivers going too fast around the curve where the speed limit is only 30 mph, and many of his neighbors agree.

“I think every neighbor around here has had a car in their yard at one time or another,” said another neighbor. “It is a problem.”

She said a sign was put up years ago and that helped lower the number of crashes, but she still takes precautions. She said she never lets her grandkids play in the front yard.

Hakala hopes Monday’s crash leads to change.

“I would like to have police patrol here, and eventually a guardrail….even if it had to be on both sides,” Hakala said.

Pleasant Prairie Police confirm they responded to this accident on Monday, but say they are still working on the accident report.

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