by Hamilton Addyson
I go to school at Liberty, and when you congregate a large group of new, inexperienced drivers, many issues (Delete) arise. Car crashes, fender benders, and hitting pedestrians are all things that have happened near or at Liberty High School,. Something needs to be done to make our environment safer, not just to be safer and avoid injuries, but to make the school environment healthier and more conducive to learning. (Delete) The solution to this issue would be to install speed bumps along the streets of Center, Elizabeth, Linden, and Fairview.
Now I do not stand alone on this subject. (Delete) The staff at Liberty High School and the individuals living in the neighboring houses would agree with the installation of speedbumps. The staff , I know, want to arrive at school in a timely and safe manner, and the neighbors don’t want to be concerned with whether or not their car was hit this morning or not. I live on these streets, I have witnessed, on a regular basis, car crashes, accidents, dangerous incidents, which were the result of carelessness and speeding. To put speed bumps on the high school’s adjacent roads would ensure that people pay attention to what’s going on and slow down the traffic flow. It is the community’s responsibility, in my belief, to ensure a safe environment for young people and not to ignore the fact too many have gotten seriously injured as a result of poor driving.
I recognize that there are those that would oppose the construction of (delete) speedbumps, taxpayers and even the students that go to Liberty (delete). Students don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of slowing down (delete) , and (delete) taxpayers will resist, but I have a solution:
Movie night, held in the stadium and field of Liberty High School, where families can come and pay for a spot on the field, which, for now, would be socially distanced from other families, and (delete). all (delete) proceeds (delete) would go towards installing the speed bumps. Students (delete) can come in and staff the film nights for community service hours, and grow a deeper connection to the community they live in while helping to protect their friends and peers .
Let us work with Joseph Roy and mayor Donchez on this issue and ensure the safety our youth walking to and from school and for all our community members walking by the school. We, as a community can come together and make this possible. This is doable! By installing speedbumps on the streets surrounding Liberty High School, Linden St., Center St., Elizabeth St., and Fairview we can make our home a safer and better place.
Addyson Hamilton is a senior at Liberty High School. Addyson grew up around Liberty and after years and years of hearing about his neighbors and/or their cars being hit, he’s had enough of it. He decided to speak up and write this essay on the issue in hopes of bringing awareness to the matter and hopefully even solving it.
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