5-year-old’s letter about neighborhood speeders met with rapid response from police

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WESTLAKE, Ohio (WJW) — Anxious about speeders zipping through the 25 mph zone in front of her house, five-year-old Presley Keeton decided to pen her concerns to police. Not expecting much more than a letter in return, sister station WJW said Presley was surprised when police promptly showed up to her home Wednesday.

The letter illustrated the road filled with speeding cars, one going as fast as 89 miles per hour.

“When she decided to do it, I thought there’s no better person to kind of get their attention than a five-year-old. If a five-year-old notices it’s a problem, then it’s probably a pretty big issue,” Presley’s dad, Zach Keeton, told WJW.

Westlake Police Officer Tony Lavolpa came to the Keeton’s home armed with a radar gun and ready to catch speeders. It didn’t take long for the pair to put the brakes on some drivers.

“He stopped seven or eight,” Presley told WJW.

Police were impressed with the initiative the young lady had taken to make her neighborhood a safer place.

“It is extremely infrequent for a five-year-old to communicate with us; and we thought this would be a good opportunity to maybe make a friend and also address the complaint she made,” Captain Guy Turner told WJW.

Presley said she was happy and felt her street was safer, but….

“There is still more speeders to catch,” she concluded.

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  • Drew

    We have an immense problem with speeding cars in our neighborhood, trouble is it’s the police doing the driving. At least several times a day the cops floor it down my street it’s a 25 speed limit, residential street.

  • Lol yeahno

    Why pretend this was the idea of a 5 year old? Obviously her parents directed her on what to draw and write. I’m sure it makes me a grinch but I hate stories like this where parents use children to get their opinion heard or for self advertisement.

    • Calm Down

      Agreed, not her idea. I will say we have the same problem and I hollar at the drivers to slow down. My 4 and 2 year old will yell slow down too, just because they hear me doing it. Regardless of whose idea, great job on the police department to respond the way they did.

    • Ben

      WTH is wrong with you? This is a very good way to occupy your child and to teach them a good lesson for life. Hopefully, this child will be proud of her accomplishment and become pro-active as she matures. Besides, their plan worked because the police promptly responded.