2015-08-15 / Front Page

Chenette assists in getting signs to protect deaf child

From Staff Reports


State Rep. Justin Chenette, Trinity, Zachary, Debbi, Mike and Connor King stand in front of a new sign in the King’s neighborhood in Saco. 
SUBMITTED PHOTO State Rep. Justin Chenette, Trinity, Zachary, Debbi, Mike and Connor King stand in front of a new sign in the King’s neighborhood in Saco. SUBMITTED PHOTO SACO — Two signs have been installed on a busy residential street in Saco signaling to drivers to slow down thanks to a local legislator and the city.

The King family on Skyline Drive has wanted to address the issue of speeders cutting through their street, to and from the Boom Road, ever since they moved into the neighborhood five years ago, according to a press release from the Maine Legislature House Democratic Office.

“People come rushing down the hill or speeding around the corner without any regard for the individuals who might be on the street,” said Mike King, who has one deaf child and another who is hearing disabled, in the prepared statement. “Skyline Drive is a cut-through and that is part of living here, however the high rate of speed that people drive and the large trucks that come through even though it is clearly marked ‘No Thru Trucks,’ have made this street dangerous.”

Saco Police attempted to catch speeders on a few occasions and told the family they could report anyone’s license plate that is going too fast, according to the press release. The family also tried various creative solutions to no avail from parking cars on either side of the road in an attempt to force people to pay attention, to placing “Children at Play” plastic signs by the road in front of their house. The King family then turned to political input, but still it seemed to be going nowhere, according to the statement.

“Not until we contacted Rep. Justin Chenette did anything get done, but now we have a sign warning of our hearing-impaired children,” King said.

Two signs that read ‘Caution Hearing Impaired Child’ are now on Skyline Drive on both ends of the street.

“We must do everything we can to ensure the safety of our children in our community,” said State Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, who worked with Saco city officials to get the signs installed. “A big shoutout to our Public Works Department, including its director Pat Fox, for being extremely responsive in helping to address this issue.”

Note: Rep. Justin Chinette is employed by the Journal Tribune.

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