The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 7, 2013

Enid neighborhood makes the right move against speeding drivers

ENID, Okla. — Some residents in an Enid neighborhood are taking matters into their own hands to help slow drivers down.

Those residents in the Waverley Historic District have put up signs — with the blessing of the city of Enid — urging drivers to slow down.

Several streets in the district — Oklahoma, Cherokee, Main and Broadway — are highly traveled and some people tend to go faster than they should. The danger is, Waverley is a residential neighborhood, and there are a lot of children living in the area.

We all know children don’t always pay attention to their surroundings. They don’t always look both ways before crossing the street, so when drivers speed through the neighborhood — or any neighborhood — the chances of a tragedy are magnified.

The simple solution would be for drivers to slow down. They need to be aware of their surroundings, and they need to keep an eye out for kids. Neighborhood streets are not drag strips.

Parents, too, have some responsibility. They need to make sure their children know not to get to close to the street when they are playing and to look both ways before they cross the street. And, kids need to be told to never run out into the street if one of their toys ends up there. Instead, they need to go tell their parents what happened and let the adults handle the situation.

But, as we said, kids don’t always do as they are told. That’s why it’s so important for drivers to exercise responsibility when they get behind the wheel.

This advice applies not just to streets in the Waverley Historic District but to streets and neighborhoods throughout Enid. Speeding is a problem across the city. It’s a problem we all have to deal with.

Slow down, be aware of your surroundings and prevent a tragedy.

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