Signs to stop speeders

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LERNA, Ill. (WCIA) — Speeders are flying through one Coles County village.

And officials say enough is enough. It’s happening on the main route in Lerna. Some are taking action to see change. 

As you drive through the small village of Lerna you’ll notice plenty of signs. 

“Outside of town it’s 55 mile an hour and when you come up to this intersection behind me it drops to 25 you go all the way through town to the railroad tracks and it jumps up to 35 leaving town and then at the edge it turns to 55.” 

Village President Rob Ratliff hopes people take this new one to heart. 

“We have a lot of children that play, i have grand children that play.”

He’s going around town with his son placing signs along the road. 

“There was another town that had these signs made and we just thought we’d copy off of them.” 

His hope is that it gets people to pump their brakes.

“One of our trustees has donated 16 signs and we started putting them out in our town.” 

He’s lived here for nearly the last thirty years. And it’s not the first time he’s seen it happen.

“It’s never gotten any better, it just continues to get worse all the time.” 

“Coming in town from the west and coming in town from the east as well.” 

But he’s hoping these send a message to drivers.

“I just don’t want to see somebody hurt.” 

Ratliff says they would like to work out a mutual aid agreement with the Coles County Sheriff. But nothing has been worked out yet.


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