Lower the speed limit on residential streets in Wheaton, IL.
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On May 4th, 2016, a 6 year old boy by the name of John RuatPuia was hit and killed by a car on Taft Avenue, my street. I was the first responder to the accident, as I was outside my apartment building with my dog.
As I talked to the police after I called 911, I learned that the speed limit on Wheaton, Illinois residential streets is 30 miles per hour. These streets in my neighborhood are home to dozens of kids who go to the elementary school less than a mile away. Only the two streets that are immediately next to the school are at 20MPH.
After witnessing John be hit by the car going at 30MPH and seeing the effect it had on his entire family, I contacted a councilman in Wheaton to ask about the speed limit being much, much too fast. He simply rolled his eyes and said he'd "talk about it to the rest of the council". I have not heard a single word since then.
As a woman who went to Lincoln Elementary School myself, I believe that residential streets such as mine should be lowered to 20MPH like the ones next to the school. Roosevelt Road, President Street and Blanchard Road (major roads) are not residential streets, and thus would not be affected by the change. Streets like Taft, Pershing, Wilson, Dawes, Elm, etc. would be.
We have at least 100 kids in our area that go to the same school John RuatPuia went to who could be hit next. I do not want another Wheaton family torn apart by another accident that can easily be prevented by lowering the speed limit on streets full of small kids who can easily slip out in front of a car going 30MPH.
I'm requesting that Mayor Michael J. Gresk and the rest of the Wheaton City Council at least consider lowering the speed limit on residential streets to 20MPH like the two streets directly connected to the school itself.
Here are a few links.
The news article on the Daily Herald: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160512/news/160519521/
On Patch: http://patch.com/illinois/wheaton/wheaton-kindergarten-student-dies-after-being-hit-car-0
Please consider donating to the family's GoFundMe page created by the principal of Lincoln Elementary School to help with funeral and medical costs.
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