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Do we need speed bumps at Franklin?

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Greg Peck
Thursday, January 17, 2013

On Jan. 4, The Gazette reported how Carly Olin, 13, suffered a concussion but escaped more serious injuries and returned to school two days after being struck by a truck in front of Franklin Middle School. The truck picks up trash bins. Carly was struck while using a crosswalk in front of the school. While a crossing guard is stationed about 200 feet north, at the intersection of Mineral Point and Crosby avenues, none is at the crosswalk Carly was using.

Would it be worth paying for another crossing guard there?

“All you have to do is put speed bumps there, and people will slow down,” a caller suggested in our Sound Off column Jan. 9.

Hmm, I thought. Perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Then I heard a radio news report Monday about a new study in the February edition of Pediatrics. I found a report about the study online.

It said that speed bumps were among pedestrian safety improvements near New York City schools that significantly reduced injuries of school-aged children between 2001 and 2010.

I recall when the Janesville Athletic Club had speed bumps outside its front doors on Black Bridge Road. Those slowed traffic that was circling the parking lot and intersecting with customers coming and going. Those speed bumps have since been removed, and I’m not sure why.

Granted, speed bumps in front of Franklin could damage the car of a driver who is unaware that they’re there and flies over them a bit over the speed limit when no children are around.

Yet they might help prevent a tragedy someday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:25 am Monday, April 29, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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