Sign of progress on deadly street
Steve Chamraz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- Drivers rolling past Milwaukee's French Immersion School now know they are in a school zone, much to the relief of those in the neighborhood who have been asking for one.
"I guess they saw the news," said a pleased Willie Ewing.
Ewing and other residents of the 5100 block of N. Meinecke St. have wanted a school zone sign on their street since May.
That is when 4-year-old Christopher Wade was killed in a hit-and-run while trying to cross the street.
"What did it take, a kid to die for them to wake up and decide what they're going to do," Ewing said. "That's not fair."
Speedbusters visited this block twice since Wade's death, both times documenting speeding drivers and a lack of signage on a street that borders a school.
A spokesperson for Milwaukee's Department of Public Works told Speedbusters the sign went up as part of a city-wide school zone enhancement project.
No matter what the city's reasoning, Willie Ewing is glad to see Milwaukee finally do something to slow drivers down.
"When some kid gets hit -- that's not the only kid to ever get hit on this street -- and they still didn't do nothing about it."