Monday, June 27, 2016


One week after a five year old child was struck by a vehicle on Congress Street in Ypsilanti a radar speed sign has been placed near the scene of the accident. Last Monday afternoon the five year old child was struck by a car while following family members across the street to Rutherford Pool in the Normal Park Neighborhood. The accident occurred at the corner of Elm and Congress.

I spoke to Ypsilanti Police Sunday afternoon, and was told that the radar speed sign was placed there Sunday morning and will remain there for roughly one week. Ypsilanti Police told me that the radar speed sign rotates around the city at the request of neighborhoods concerned about speeders. The officer I spoke to could not confirm that the speed sign was placed there directly as a result of last weeks accident but it's safe to assume that is the likely reason.

Let's hope that a stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Elm and Congress sooner than later. Children stream across the street daily as they head over to Rutherford Pool. This was a disaster waiting to happen.

UPDATE: As of 5pm Monday, the radar speed sign is gone. What kind of cockamamie effort is that?

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press
Radar speed sign at corner of Elm and Congress in Ypsilanti. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

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