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Perkins students propose traffic safety measures

Andy Ouriel • Mar 15, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Cameron Crum worries a driver could strike — or even kill — a defenseless pedestrian every time a person drives down Birchwood Drive at night time.

A lack of street lights makes it nearly impossible for a driver to spot a person walking near the street or playing in the park.

“I can’t see anything in the morning or the night on Birchwood Drive,” Crum said, who makes the daily trek during dark mornings to Perkins High School. “If a young child were to walk out from the park and onto the street, a driver may not be able to see them.”

Instead of ignoring what seems to be a prevalent problem, Crum paired up with classmate Micaela Wichman to research the situation and determine what upgrades are necessary to improve the lighting situation.

The juniors presented their comprehensive project at a recent Perkins Township trustees meeting.

Both concluded six streets lights are necessary on Birchwood Drive near Furry Park, the turn by the creek and the intersections where Buckey Lane, Kelley Lane Lauren Court and Linden Way cross the street.

“We focused on intersection and any points of danger,” Wichman said.

Almost all of these sites are bus stops, where multiple children get picked up and dropped off daily — posing even more need for lights.

Read more about the students' recommendations in Thursday's Register and watch the video above.

Check out a map of the proposed changes here.

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