(Mountain Grove) – The speed limit on a number of streets in Mountain Grove have been lowered to help protect children in the area, this after Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Brandy Buttram came before the council Tuesday, saying several families have small children that ride bikes in the area of Bush, Long, Short, Lindell, Thompson and Randall Streets, with some of those kids and have almost been hit by vehicles speeding through the area. The current speed limit on those streets is 30mph, and Buttram proposed dropping the limit to either 15mph or 20mph.
Alderman Jim DeWitt agreed, saying he believes something needs to be done before a child is injured and the city possibly faces legal action. DeWitt and Alderwoman Kay Rogers both say they’ve seen kids almost hit by vehicles, particularly on Short Street. Alderwoman Holli Massey said that she believes that if a child is hit by a vehicle, the burden of responsibility would be shifted on the driver rather than neglectful parents who are allowing their kids to play in the street unsupervised. Police officials at the meeting say that There is a law against skateboarding and biking on sidewalks and skateboarding in the street, however there is no real punishment other than a referral to juvenile authorities.
The council approved the lowering of all speed limits on those streets to 20 mph, however it wasn’t a unanimous decision: Aldermen Dan Bartlett and Holli Massey opposed the measure