LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The stage is set in the race for the next Limestone County commission chairman.
The candidates, Collin Daly (R) and Roger Williams (D), want to find a fast track solution to speeders who are driving several county residents crazy.
"It's really terrible that you can't let your kids come out of the house and play without the fear of them being run over," Williams said.
Several weeks ago, we alerted you about some speeders in two Limestone County neighborhoods. We contacted the commission who said 'no' to speed bumps or any other solution. They feared it would slow down first responders, although some refute that.
"My neighbor brought a sign. She brought me a sign that I haven't put up that says 'Drive like your kids live here.' We're just trying to do what we can with what little we can do," Erica Ham, a concerned parent said.
Now, the candidates vying to be the next Commission Chair are sounding off.
"I've been in a lot of towns and they have speed bumps and I just don't understand why they wouldn't want to do that, to save the life of a child," Williams added.
Williams went on to tell an emotional tale about his tie to this scary situation.
"I've got a cousin's daughter that has been run over. And she today, 22 years old, and she's still in a wheelchair, having seizures. That's just by playing in the streets."
Before that becomes a reality for these residents, they are begging that something be done.
"My hope is that no matter who wins, that is the truth. And that they sit down and problem solve. It doesn't necessarily have to be speed bumps. There is a way to solve this problem...we just need to figure out what it is," Ham added.
Williams says he would work to find a solution for these residents on day one.
"I know there isn't a bottomless barrel of funds, but we can this happen," Williams confirmed.
We reached out to Collin Daly who didn't agree to our request for an interview. Instead he sent us this statement:
"I think safety of our children is a major issue and if I win the election I will definitely look into the issue." He also said he'd personally reach out to the families.
Only time will be the true testament as to if they will address these issues. It's their word that residents say they will lean on in the time being, and hold them accountable to come November.
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