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Call to Action: Will it Take the Death of a Child You Know to Pay Attention?

More than ever, drivers are doing everything but driving and Bayside needs you to help local kids cross Brown Deer Road safely.

We've all done it - you're running late, so you're driving on auto-pilot, texting and realize long after you're through the intersection - there were blinking yellow lights and a child was standing there. 

Luckily, that 10-year-old little boy didn't misjudge traffic and try ot make a run for it because you were driving an auto-pilot and never would have seen him. And with the close-calls will only become more frequent. 

Will it take the death of a child you know to change your awareness?

So, instead of sitting on the sidelines, sadly, waiting to write about a child who has been hit by a car, I'm doing something. 

I'm partnering with Fox Point and Bayside parents to help kids cross safely. Regent Road and Pelham Parkway cross Brown Deer Road, and at those intersections, it's simply a deathtrap waiting to happen. as so many drivers obliviously blow through the intersections. 

The bottom line is we can't install traffic lights or stop signs. A footbridge is very expensive and the but seem to have reached the children more than the parents. 

So what can we do?

We can take action. Thursday morning I had the pleasure of meeting with three parents and two village officials who feel as strongly as I do about making a change. Currently, we're designing a long-term solution that will, hopefully, bring on paid crossing guards. But as this school year quickly approaches, we need your help now. 

We need volunteers to help with morning and afternoon crossing guard shifts. There's a crossing guard season, which means we only try to get volunteers to help during the times when most kids are walking and biking to school - which last year was through Nov. 1. There are no crossing guards on weekends and none when school is out. 

We will hold our next meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. If you can donate even one shift, or are interested in more information, check out our Facebook page, or reach out via email, or give me a call at 414-412-5561. 

Bewildered August 17, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Good answer. Not sure it was an editorial. Wasn't real clear, but I agree 100% re: the problem, but to be fair there has never been a pedestrian/vehicle accident at this intersection. Doesn't mean it's safe...it's not Only real solution is to get county to put up a stop light. Village has asked but keeps being denied due to low traffic counts. Village does not own Brown Deer Rd, county does so village can't do it themselves ( same is true for a stop light or stop sign at Port and Fairy Chasm intersection). Perhaps a citizen push to the county for a stop light. Contract the new County Aassemblywoman ( no longer Joe rice) and see if she will take up our cause. I do think your headline borders on sensationalism tho.
Jennifer Wiegers August 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Sarah. Great editorial and on behalf of the children thank you for your advocacy!
Bewildered August 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
As stated above, Bayside can not put up a red light as it does not own Brown Deer rd, the County does. The Village has repeatedly requested the County put up a traffic light. The County has done traffic surveys and reported back to the Village that the traffic does not warrant a lite, or even a stop sign on Brown Deer ( this is all public record). If Bayside owned the road, they have said they would at the very least put a stop sign on Brown Deer. Time for citizen to get evolved convincing the county of the dangers and to put up astop light . Start a petition, call your new Assemblywoman ( where's Joe Rice when we need him? Redistricted out of a job) , email blast Abele.
Art Vandelay August 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Bewildered, Check your facts, E. Brown Deer Road at N. Regent Road is State Highway 32 meaning the area is controlled by the State of Wisconsin not the County of Milwaukee. Sarah, you should be praised for you community involvement. Instead of people complaining all of the time you are doing something to help solve the problems.
Bewildered August 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
My mistake, you are right. Brown Deer road is a state road not county. In my comments, just replace county with state. The state DOT has turned down village requests for a stop light or stop sign. Contact Alberta

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