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Dearbon Resident Starts Petition to Make Intersection Safer

Do any Dearborn neighborhoods need safer streets?

When most people see a car speeding through their neighborhood, they shake their head and say, "Someday, someone is going to get hurt."

But others resolve to try to do something to change it.

Dearborn resident Haya Bacharouch is concerned that the lack of stop signs at an intersection in her neighborhood is "dangerous for all of us"—especially given that Lowrey Middle School was on the same block.

Bacharouch has started a petition through Change.org to drum up public support for her cause. Here's a look at her plea for safer streets:

Reuter St. and Haggerty St. intersection is at the heart of Lowrey Elementary and Middle school in the east side of Dearborn. This four way residential intersection needs two more stop signs to stop the multiple accidents that have happened. It is dangerous for all of us especially the students who walk back home from school. Please sign this petition to post stop signs to keep our families and friends safe!

All requests for traffic sign changes must go through the Dearborn Police Department Traffic Bureau, according to the City of Dearborn. Bacharouch said she contacted police, who told her to start gathering support for her cause.

"They told me to go to the police station and grab a petition, which I did," she explained. "But since it's winter and everyone's inside I decided to start one online instead.

"Police have told me I need a lot of signatures for them to even consider putting a stop sign up."

The petition is currently up to 82 signatures, many of whom said they live or did live in that area.

"I grew up on this street right on Reuter between Henson & Haggerty," commented petition signer Amy Kousini. "My mother still lives there and the way that people drive now a days is awful, especially knowing that there is no stop sign on that side. There are kids that walk to & from school using that intersection, it's very busy and definitely needs a stop sign.

Check out the petition here.

The Truth Hurts February 11, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Even if a stop sign is put up they still won't stop. I live in this area as well and these drivers around here have no shame. Flying through red lights and not stopping at stop sings is what east Dearborn residents do best. Go to any school over here and you will see how carless people are when it comes to a childs safety. Impeding traffic, dropping kids off in the middle of the street, speeding, and the list goes on. It's a sad hot mess over here!
bitsy08 February 11, 2013 at 01:44 PM
It's not just over there. I have 3 stop signs in front of my house because I live on a corner (one street dead ends at the other). I daily - and even hourly, watch EVERYONE run the stop signs - including the police who cut through my neighborhood. Then they have the gall to hand out tickets for the very same offense of which they're guilty. If you want to enforce the law, you need to uphold it.
Jan Gaynor February 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
It is a widespread problem in Dearborn. I live on Audette, the cut-through street for everyone wanting to make a left hand turn onto Outer Drive. The average speed limit on our block is 40mph and the STOP sign at the end of the block is treated as a YIELD sign. Tired of it....and no one wants to help! We have tried in the past and gotten nowhere. Would love to see it made into a One Way block (like Military and Monroe) or for the city to allow left hand turns onto Outer Drive.
AC February 11, 2013 at 06:06 PM
This intersection is in need of a stop sign. To other residents who complain about traffic violations- we have a professional and receptive Traffic Commission. Their meetings are open and if it is reasonable, they will work with you.
Marium Wilke February 11, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Who are the ones that think it is reasonable???? Not sure if that Traffic Commission is working...Makes me wonder would Ms.Bacharouch be starting a petition if it was working....This problem is every where...There needs to be a change on police presene and high fines on these individuals who persist on speeding and know that they will never get caught....I'll sign it...Listen to the people in this city and work with them to make a good change for the better of all...I applaud her for trying to do something about a dangerous problem...Good job!
City of Dearborn (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM
That reminds me - in case anyone is interested, here's the information from the city about the Traffic Commission: "The Traffic Commission meets the second Wednesday of every month, except July and August, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers."
Haya Bacharouch February 12, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Thank you Jessica! I never realized the Traffic Commission had meetings. I will be going to the Traffic Commission meeting this Wednesday. Hopefully they will take a look at the petition. And thanks for your support everyone. We need to keep our community safe! -Haya Bacharouch :)
laplateau February 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Marium...you are right on all accounts. I have said here, and repeatedly elsewhere, that there is a sorrowful lack of police presence in our neighborhoods. In addition to more constant patrols and having them seen up and down our neighborhood streets serving as a strong deterrent to crime, it would also provide a steady stream of revenue to the city coffers if, while patrolling, the gave out traffic tickets. Seeing the patrol cars with their blue and red lights flashing will do both---make the neighborhoods safer from thieves and muggers as well as making our kids safer from those that have a total disregard for the traffic laws. And, in regard to the Bitsy's remark above, I too quite often see the Dearborn police blithely disregarding the traffic laws, mainly and mostly speeding and stop signs. That is particularly disgusting! I see them all over with their windows up, staring straight ahead, traveling 10 or MPH above speed limits, while talking on their cell phones. Our previous police chief, Chief Celeski, was adamantly against use of personal cell phone by his officers while on duty, and had a policy absolutely forbidding them. have actually followed them when I see these infractions, waited until they stopped, and actually scolded them for their deeds. Today, the Patch has an article about yet another armed street hold-up near Hemlock Park…yes, another armed hold up of a citizen just out taking a walk. We need new leadership. We need new leadership!
Nickel February 12, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Too many damn stop signs as it is. Go onto Morross west of Wyoming. 10 straight blocks of stop signs, dumb, dumb, dumb. I might remind those that sign the petition, look up all the fatalities that occur at intersections with traffic control lights. Drivers blowing right through the red light and creaming some innocent person. A 4 way stop signed intersection is not going to make the intersection any safer. Some dopey driver will blow thru the intersection, hit another driver that had the right of way, the police will respond, and the responsible person will state the other driver ran the stop sign so the police officer will have to write up the report to state he could not determine who was at fault. The innocent driver will now see his/her insurance rates go up. At least with a 2 way stop intersection it is simple to determine fault. NO MORE STOP SIGNS!
Carol Perrin February 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I am appalled at the disrespect drivers have for the laws. I live on Esper between W. Morrow Circle and S. Morrow Circle and watch people all day long blow through all the stops signs, not even hesitating to stop. The truth of the matter is if there is a stop sign, you stop, even if you don't believe the sign should be there. I'm just waiting for an incident to unfold out here. Another annoying disrespect for the law is using the alleys parallel to Warren Avenue as a street and driving at a high rate of speed through 2 or 3 blocks at a time.
POWDERBURNER February 13, 2013 at 07:21 PM
The dictators in this city stuck a stop sign at the T-shaped intersection of Colson & Firestone without any proper input from immediate homeowners. So we now have a major safety hazard because you never know if any of our highly skilled? residents who don't read English or care about our laws anyway will even attempt to stop. They usually don't, and will almost take off your fender passing you while you try to back into your driveway. As for those that do stop, then toss their litter out the window, it gets flung or blown the street, or into the storm drain. We be over taxed payers, not janitors for low lifes. As usual, a group of do gooders thought it was a good idea to get the city to mark this intersection, but, living down the street, they're not affected by their actions like the residents who have to cope with the police refusing to enforce traffic and parking laws as they affect us in close proximity to that irritating sign. I offered my driveway to the police to nab violators, but getting along (sucking up) is more important that cash flow, even for this money grubbing regime. There will be a serious accident at this intersection, and that sign is to blame, and this dump hole city will be sued...again. I hope they lose.
AC February 13, 2013 at 08:26 PM
You're an irredeemable misanthrope. Move out.
POWDERBURNER February 13, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Not quite with you on this one...I won't jump off the Blue Water bridge 'cuz your government sez to...Likewise, I have a major problem with the plethora of stop signs and ill time traffic lights that impede my progress when there isn't a car in sight during my 25 mile drive to work on the night shift 7 days a week 'cuz obama ruined my life and does nothing as gas shoots past $3.60 / gal. (it was about $1.87 when Bush left office). Yeah, I roll through them all in the middle of the night. Sometimes you gotta' do what you need to do. Obama ain't giving me back my old job his policies destroyed. Time is money, and this cities policies cost a lot.
Analise Olsen Heaton February 14, 2013 at 04:20 AM
I live on Audette too and it is definately a big problem, especially having 6 small children. I personally think it would be better to dead end the street just short of the alley behind the market, since people use Audette to cut through both directions. Donaldson is a dead end now right as it hits Rotunda. Wish I had the time and energy it takes to push this along.
Lee Jacobsen February 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Lap, those police cars exceeding the speed limit and crusing through stop signs are responding to calls like the robbery in Hemlock park. If they follow every law, the response time would suffer. They are professionals, and have the training to handle driving through a stop sign. It is easy to complain, harder to do something that may make a difference. I have used signs like this, http://www.radarsign.com/?gclid=CKL0hrPttrUCFShgMgodLloAtw easily purchased by anyone, and can be posted beneath traffic signs, or on private property in areas that have speeding concerns. Drivers essentially police themselves, and the sign is a reminder that it could have been a cop reading your speed on radar, with a hefty fine in the future. If you are somewhat proactive, and produce a sign in good taste, from an approved source that the city may use, (use google) the traffic commission may even allow it to remain, a few of my signs are still up after several years, whether by design or inaction on the part of the traffic commission. I certainly am not going to tell them which ones are 'extra'. They may object to the lack of traffic ticket revenue, right? On another note, the city may do what other cities are doing, adding automatic 'red light' cameras that catch violators, and send them a ticket. Cops actually review the film. See the video about the red light system here. A good city money maker as well!! https://www.violationinfo.com/
Lee Jacobsen February 14, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Pow, you can always be proactive, use your camera, and film the violators as proof of disregarding stop signs, littering, whatever, and make a complaint. Eventually, the perps will figure you out, and either stop, or , more likely , trash your house and car. At that point, you should already have you CPL (concealed pistol license) to protect yourself and property. It's a tough call. If you do nothing, expect nothing to change.
Nickel February 18, 2013 at 02:42 AM
My question to haya is this. How does the erection of a stop sign make the community safer? Anything on your driving record Haya? How is your driving behavior outside your neighborhood? How about family members that received tickets for a traffic violation? Everyone wants a stop sign, enough already, time to take some down. I mentioned Morross earlier having too many stop signs, how about Jerome west of Greenfield, 6 consecutive blocks. Our traffic commission has only agitated drivers by erecting so many stop signs. They are to control right of way, not designed to regulate speed
Nickel February 18, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Lee, your thoughts of a camera are good, however, Michigan Law currently does not allow cameras to photo the violation and then have the police issue tickets. Other states permit it, however to the best of my knowledge, Michigan has not gone the high tech route. As a matter of fact, Michigan cannot do sobriety checkpoints while many other states permit it.

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