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Safety of children should be first priority

Monday, September 5, 2011

To the Editor:

How important is our children's safety to City Hall, the school board, city cops and the street department when there is a road right behind East Side Elementary School that has maybe two school zone or slow children playing signs, no speed bumps at all, no sidewalk directly behind the school fence for the children to walk on and absolutely no police presence at all?

I have lived in my home now for just about two years, and it never fails. About once or twice a month, a child almost gets hit by some kind of vehicle driving way too fast down this stretch of road.

Mainly, it's other parents picking up their kids from school and other times, it's school buses going to or leaving the school. I am a disabled veteran with very limited mobility. If I could, I would stand in the middle of the road to stop traffic for these children.

I have seen very bad things happen to children overseas because of drivers going too fast, and really, it's only a matter of time before something happens to one of these kids on this road.

When I call the street department and police chief, I get an answering machine.

Shaun Freeman,

Brazil