Target: Kurtis Kingsolver, Director of Interim Public Works in Tacoma, Washington
Goal: Demand that the City of Tacoma install official crosswalks to protect residents from being hit by a car.
Residents in the city of Tacoma, Washington have been asking the city officials to install several crosswalks because of the growing number of traffic accidents. The city declined the request; as a result, the residents of Tacoma have taken matters into their own hands and decided to paint the crosswalks themselves. However, the city keeps removing them and is now threatening with arrest anyone who paints crosswalks on their own.
The residents of Tacoma started painting the crosswalks themselves by forming a group called Citizens for a Safer Tacoma. Traffic incidents have spiked in the area recently—at least 15 members of the group have been hit by cars. The residents of Tacoma have asked the city to install official crosswalks several times, but the city declined the request, saying that there are issues with federal guidelines. The removal of each of the crosswalks made by the city’s residents costs $1,000, exactly as much as professionally installing one.
While the city keeps spending tax money on fighting residents’ efforts to keep their neighborhood safe, they are forgetting to put safety first. Crosswalks serve as a significant warning for drivers that they are in a highly populated area, a reminder to slow down and look out for pedestrians in order to avoid a potential accident. Ask the Director of Interim Public Works, Kurtis Kingsolver, to ensure his city’s safety by installing official crosswalks.
Dear Kurtis Kingsolver,
The City of Tacoma has decided to arrest anyone who resolves to paint a crosswalk on their own, particularly those of the group known as Citizens for a Safer Tacoma. While the city sees their crosswalks as vandalism, it is important to note that the residents of Tacoma affected by previous car incidents care for their safety and the safety of others. Their actions simply come as a concern for possible future accidents.
I urge you not to condone any arrests regarding this issue and resolve this problem with the residents of Tacoma. Please solve any legal difficulties regarding the installation of official crosswalks as soon as possible and install them to ensure the safety of the residents.
[Your Name here]
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