Signs of caution for hearing impaired children


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 8/06/2013 9:25 pm Published: 8/06/2013 9:22 pm


        Tonight a Bixby family is begging drivers to slow down. They say people are speeding through their neighborhood in the area of 132nd and 85th is putting the lives of their children in danger. One of those children is a young girl, who can't hear. She's already had a close call. Her family already took extraordinary measures to keep her safe, and FOX23 is finding out why it's still not working.
        There are two signs posted in a neighborhood, reminding drivers that deaf children are in the area and to please slow down, but some drivers are still choosing to ignore them.
It was a beautiful day to ride bikes and it's something that 7 year old Lexi and her brothers love to do. As her mother and a neighbor watched over their every move, they were powerless to stop a speeding car headed straight for her. Their screams did nothing because Lexi is hearing impaired.
        Neighbor Erin Lovett could only watch in disbelief as the driver ignored these signs with no regard for the special needs child in front of him. Lexi's mother said, "He honked at them and wove through them and continued to go on." Completely distraught, Lexi's family began their year long quest to get signs like these placed in her neighborhood. I went straight to city hall to ask the assistant city manager why it took so long for the signs to get approved. The city told her, "In the past there was a bit more lengthy procurement process and there was some safeguards built into that, but the council streamlined that process." He tells FOX23 that some of the issues were because the public purpose wasn't clear, nor who would benefit from it and the city had to find out if it could spend public dollars on signs like this.
After a year-long battle the signs were put up, but neighbors are still worried. We found this white pickup truck completely ignored the stop sign and kept going right on through the intersection. Thankfully, there weren't any children nearby at the time.
        I checked with the city and it says it has worked to make the process of getting special needs signs much easier. You simply go down to city hall and fill out the proper form. The signs should only take a few weeks to be made.

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