Lower the speed limit on State Road 13 through Perkinsville, IN

Lower the speed limit on State Road 13 through Perkinsville, IN

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Emily Schaefer started this petition to INDOT and

Why do other towns have their speed limits lowered of major artery roads that travel through their town? I want the stretch of 13 north of 8th Street and South of the US Aggregates lowered to 40 MPH.

I have lived on State Road 13 almost all my life in Perkinville, IN. My kids are now growing up on State Road 13 just like I did. I have seen countless animals hit, some pets, and car accidents/deaths. I have seen near-misses and close calls.

This long stretch of road that goes through other towns and communities is often not watched like other roads. People fly down 13, most can tell when you have lived right by a road that someone is speeding, or they pass around us as we turn onto our street or driveway, when the lines are double yellow, which are due to the blindspots. Buses have been passed, with stop arm out, on the same double yellow lines. In the rain, snow, or even fog, there is such a high level of danger when it comes to the school buses.

With the rock quarry just a mere 30 second drive down the road, the dump truck traffic has more than doubled, along with semis that still use the 13 route and others that now travel it. It's a dangerous stretch of road and I haven't even mentioned why it means the most to me.

I have two children, 7 and 4, both are Autistic. As anyone that's familiar with ASD, these children/adults are known to be fearless and wanderers. They do not understand a lot of situations that can be potentially dangerous and living right on 13, that's a scary and stressful life to lead. Even with fences, containment does not always work. Next door to me are three more of my babies, my niece and nephews, who have several friends in town. As we have a town that's filling with kids and the current residents are getting older, this small town does not have speeders or reckless drivers. We have families and pets and we just want to make sure they are always safe. Lowering the speed limit in the stretch I specified will make it safer for my children, members of my community, and all drivers that pass by my hometown.

Thank you.

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