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Parents fight for speed bumps in Wagoner neighborhood

Posted at 4:58 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 14:48:35-04

WAGONER, Okla. — Wagoner residents are demanding speed bumps in their neighborhood because of speeders and reckless drivers. But some of them said the city is refusing to protect kids.

Richard Baker, a concerned parent, said people always run a stop sign and speed through his neighborhood and he’s fed up.

Baker is a mechanic and fixes other people’s problems, but the one problem he can’t seem to fix is the safety of his kids.

“I’m having trouble with speeders going up and down my road," Baker said.

His kids and their friends ride their bikes on the street, but he fears the worst.

“One of these days somebody’s gonna hit 'em," Baker said. "I had a car flying through here last night at 70 mph.”

Baker said he called the city of Wagoner, but “they said we didn’t have any speed bumps in this town whatsoever and we can’t get any.”

Daiquiri Williams said the city told her the same thing. In 2012, a car hit and killed 12-year-old Billie Lord right outside her front door.

”It’s hard, because the cross is still there,” Williams said.

Daiquiri said she also asked the city for help

“I’ve asked local law enforcement what we needed to do to be able to install, either personally install speed bumps… or get them to install," Williams said. "They said we had to go to a city council meeting.”

Williams said adding speed bumps is a must. “They need to install some before another child loses their life," he said.

2 Works for You reached out to the city of Wagoner. They said they have no current requests for speed bumps. However they said concerned parents like Baker and Williams can submit a request online to report a concern. The city will evaluate the need and respond accordingly.

Baker said the correct response from the city should be the safety of his kids.

“There is most definitely a safety issue when you’re running 70 mph down a side road,” he said.

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