Concerned Parents Become Police Eyes, Ears... and Radar Patrols
May 9, 2006, 06:54 PM
By Isabelle Kallie
Some parents who have children at Jefferson Elementary School in Oshkosh say too many drivers ignore the 15 mile per hour school zone speed limit. They're now getting more aggressive about reminding drivers about slowing down.
Parent Tracy Leclair says she never feels comfortable letting her children walk to school. "We take them," Leclair says. "If they would, these cars go by really fast, and I don't want to get the call someday that my child has been hit. It's got to be the worst thing in the world."
Leclair and other parents have armed themselves with a radar gun to track any negligent driver breaking the law.
This week parents are volunteering to monitor drivers for 30 minutes before and after school hours.
All drivers who are caught going above the speed limit when children are present will get a warning letter from police. In two weeks, it will be police stopping speeding drivers near the school, and parents say then those drivers won't get just a warning.
"There's people on the cell phones, there's people drinking coffee and talking and whatever, and they are not thinking about their driving, and it's just amazing to me," parent Ann Rumbuc said.
"Our kids are our lives, and we want them to realize they need to slow down, they need to pay attention, and they need to get off their phones and care for our kids as much as we care for them," said Leclair.