Washington-Monroe School traffic issues
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[MARCH 8, 2005]
and school administration from Washington-Monroe came knocking at
the door of City Hall. They were petitioning to turn Pekin Street,
between Sheridan and Sherman Streets, into a one-way street for the
one block in front of the school.
While openly expressing concern for the
safety of our children, city aldermen were resistant to changing the
street for one block only, calling it a drastic change.
The school administration has fought a
losing battle to get some parents to practice cooperation and
consideration when dropping off and picking up students. Parents'
driving has endangered their own children, as well as other children
on foot, in addition to tying up morning traffic.
Washington-Monroe Principal Rebecca
Cecil gave testimony with parents Wanda Fry, Barbara Follis, Mario
Bonaparte and Angela Howerton. Crossing guards and drivers have
witnessed a number of near misses when parents have dropped off
children in midblock and the children run across the street in front
of other cars, or vehicles are forced to back up because of
School administration has addressed
the problems in the past. A one-way traffic pattern was set up for
parents to practice. It worked for a while.
Parents have been reminded of
traffic laws and signs have been posted around the school, but they
are eventually ignored or forgotten and the problems begin again.
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Principal Rebecca Cecil said that
the presence of police monitoring traffic in the afternoon this past
week and the numerous tickets that were issued made a significant
difference. She thanked Lincoln Police Chief Robert Rawlins for the
Cecil said the last few nights after school have been marvelous
because of the police presence. "We will continue our efforts," she
said, and hopefully that will eliminate the problem.
Alderman Jonie Tibbs suggested that
some morning monitoring might be important for a bit too. She said
that the presence of officers has made it known to those drivers,
"I'm here and this is how it's going to be."
The one-way street request was
denied 8-1. Tibbs favored the street change.
Policing the area at traffic times