Ted Batwinski spoke at last night’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting about the traffic problems in front of Tremper High School. He is a resident since 1983, and he organized a petition of his neighbors who live from 27th Avenue to 30th Avenue asking that the speed limit be lowered to 25 mph in order to help slow traffic in front of Vernon Elementary School and Tremper High School. “Kids cross everywhere. Mailboxes have been hit by cars going around other cars. The police department has clocked cars going 85 mph down that street. The stop light at 26th Avenue only works for one hour in the morning, and one hour in the afternoon. The other times it is a flashing yellow light. People go through it because they’re not used to it being a regular traffic light,” said Batwinski. “People will still be doing 10 over; 35 mph is fast enough. We’ll need six signs to be changed lowering the speed limit from 30 to 25.”
The D.A.R.E. program, which teaches children skills to choose to avoid drugs and violence, has returned to two Kenosha schools.
Fifth graders at both Wilson and Frank schools have recently completed the 10-week course led by a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy.
“We really wanted to create opportunities for students at the Frank and Wilson Elementary schools to positively interact with deputies,” said Sheriff David Beth, a former D.A.R.E. deputy himself. “D.A.R.E.is a great program to teach kids how to make positive decisions for their life and is a natural way to get a deputy and students interacting on a regular basis.”
The program is currently offered at 27 schools in Kenosha County, but has not been offered at schools in the city of Kenosha for awhile.