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5-year-old pens letter to police, gets visit from cop

Little Girl Writes Letter to Police, Gets Incredible Response

WESTLAKE, Ohio -- If you doubt that one person can make a difference, you haven't met 5-year-old Presley Keeton of Westlake. She was concerned about safety in her neighborhood and a letter she wrote to police got an immediate response.

FOX8 reports: Like most children, Presley likes to play outside. But, she didn't always feel safe outside her house on Bassett Road.

Sometimes she sees cars going faster than the posted 25 mph speed limit. So concerned, she decided to write a letter to the police. Her reason: "Because they stop people from speeding."

She invited the police to come to her street and see the problem for themselves. The letter was rather convincing. "It was a picture of the road and every car was going above the speed limit. One car was going 89," Presley said.

Her Dad said the letter was entirely Presley's idea to write. "When she decided to do it, I thought there's no better person to kind of get their attention than a 5-year-old. If a 5-year-old notices that it's a problem, then it's probably a pretty big issue," Zach Keeton said.

Presley was expecting a letter in return, but instead, Officer Tony Lavolpa come to her house Wednesday ready to catch speeders on her street.

"It is extremely infrequent for a 5-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 that she made," Capt. Guy Turner of the Westlake Police Dept. said.

Within an hour, Officer Lavolpa did catch some speeders on the street. "He stopped seven or eight," Presley said.

Zach Keeton is proud of what his daughter accomplished with her letter. "I think Presley is a wonderful example of showing that it doesn't matter how old you are that you make a difference," he said.

Presley said her street is safer, but "there is still more speeders to catch," she added.

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Ma Fosz July 18 2014 at 7:44 AM

There was a woman in a van loaded with kids. In my rear view minor I could see her moving from lane to lane. When I got along side a car that was doing the correct speed limit.....this woman went crazy. She was giving me the finger and I could see her mouth open wide and her jaw going up and down. She was a thrill to watch.

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onionson July 18 2014 at 6:19 AM

We need her to come write a letter for us. Our street is just a bunch of old folks and we don't have that kind of pull.

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lynettemosley onionson July 18 2014 at 1:38 PM

and when they're finish on your block please come to mine's

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ebicious onionson July 18 2014 at 3:45 PM

And then have her write on for the speeders on my street. I live in an area with a HOA -- totally worthless.

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Greenie July 18 2014 at 7:35 AM

She can write a letter for me anytime we have people that speed and also run the stop sign in front of my house all the time..Good job Presley.

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Tutu July 18 2014 at 9:33 AM

Clever little girl. Glad that Dad let the letter go to the police dept. Cheers to the police that made the visit and stopped speeders as well.

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furniture.forsale Tutu July 18 2014 at 11:43 AM

Isn't it wonderful that we have armed thugs roaming the streets stealing from people?

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malinda.smith1 furniture.forsale July 18 2014 at 12:08 PM

Wow, I don't like the police much either due to a personal experience I will never forget or forgive. But people who have the rudeness and lack of concern to speed in a residential neighborhood need to be stopped. You know kids don't always abide by the rules, they run into the street to get a ball wo thinking, etc. That's why they are kids, they aren't adults yet. Also it wouldn't take much for a car to veer onto a sidewalk in an accident or a sudden swerve. Then what?

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myroguisheyes Tutu July 18 2014 at 11:52 AM

Furn, put your left hand on your right ear and your right hand on your left ear, grip tightly, pull until you hear a loud pop. You will have successfully removed your cranium from your rectal cavity.

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loslobos6 myroguisheyes July 18 2014 at 2:35 PM

myroghoulisheyes...wow, youseem like a real warm peace and love person. No go listen to one of your crappy beetles songs, and imagine all the people living life in peace-

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skerpie July 18 2014 at 10:36 AM

Speed Bumps! Put them in at night, every 75 yards, wake up early, set up your lawn chair and watch the fun.
A smart young person like Presley deserves a community that follows the rules and regs.
Hats off to the Officers.
And, of course, sighs to the editors of this who forgot to tell the reader which state/province 'Westlake' is in.

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ebicious skerpie July 18 2014 at 3:48 PM

Great comment! Would be a blast to watch all the speeders' cars bottom out! ha ha ha

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Jim Kozlovich July 18 2014 at 10:15 AM

Maybe we should get some 5 yr olds and put them in charge of border security, They could probabily get sonething done.

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david.konen Jim Kozlovich July 18 2014 at 8:23 PM

Now THAT'S a very good idea!

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sth1170774 Jim Kozlovich July 18 2014 at 9:27 PM

lmao - funniest comment I've read in a while. Thanks

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rosebud July 18 2014 at 9:03 AM

She is certainly more intelligent than some of these losers who are posting, Get a grip ,she is a 5 yr old who only want to ride her bike in front of her home ,without the fear of being mowed down ,Save your snarky comments for someone your own size

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ponypkg5 July 18 2014 at 8:23 AM

Ironic. What a child can do. As a parent, I have been to the local PD and requested them to 'park' in our driveway for the same reason. They just look at an adult. You got it - NO ONE has shown up to ticket anyone.....

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furniture.forsale ponypkg5 July 18 2014 at 12:03 PM

You actually WANT an armed thug to sit in your driveway and steal from strangers who have done nothing except offend your sense of "safety"? That's disgusting. On a positive note, I'm glad to hear that thieves haven't infested your neighborhood. I hope it stays that way!

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ron furniture.forsale July 18 2014 at 2:22 PM

You sound like a Real Winner (???) Apparently you've been wronged by the Murdering Thugs that roam our streets diguised as Police Officers.

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gramargo furniture.forsale July 18 2014 at 3:16 PM

So lawbreakers who speed down residential streets should be allowed to endanger the residents? Obviously you don't give a hoot about anyone else's safety if it means you can't go as fast as your car can manage. I wonder what kind of street you live on, and why you have no consideration for others.

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MARTY July 18 2014 at 9:25 AM

A shame that it took a 5 year olds letter to get the attention of the police. More times than not it seems that speeders are just too reckless. Just this Wednesday a man sitting on his front porch lost his life when a speeder lost control of the stolen car and hit the porch killing the man and then leaving the scene. It's just crazy how things are these days as there seems to be no concept of right, wrong or justice. Good for this girl for girl for trying to do the right thing.

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rwilliamhoward MARTY July 18 2014 at 11:40 AM

Marty,
Our 'fearless' government has no sense of right or wrong, only GREED. It doesn't take long for the attitude to 'trickle down' to th folks out here. It actually becomes a 'What's the use'? attitude. It's very discouraging.

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furniture.forsale MARTY July 18 2014 at 12:05 PM

I'll agree with there being no concept of right, wrong or justice! How is it right or just to steal from someone because their behavior doesn't fit with your idea of safety? Why isn't it wrong to steal if you have a specific costume?

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gramargo furniture.forsale July 18 2014 at 3:23 PM

How can you equate ticketing someone who is breaking a law by speeding down a residential street with stealing from the law-breaker? I really would like to see someone blast you off the road (sorry to sound mean and nasty, but you remember karma, I'm sure) when you're trying to get out of your driveway.....and oops, here comes someone going way over the legal speed limit! Would that mean your idea of safety doesn't actually include being safe?

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ebicious furniture.forsale July 18 2014 at 3:50 PM

Furn -- you're a weirdo.

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dbrianpritchett July 18 2014 at 10:53 AM

You go girl...Show the adults just how ONE person can make a difference...

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