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Brooklyn teen bringing awareness to speeding with teddy bears

Posted at 10:40 AM, Oct 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-18 11:06:42-04

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (PIX11) – 13-year-old Alison Collard de Beaufort is one Park Slope teen that has turned a tragedy into something inspiring.

When Alison found out that one of her classmates had been hit by a car and killed last week, she bought 40 teddy bears from Ikea and spent two days strapping the bears to street lights to remind drivers to slow down. “I didn’t want to see another friend of mine die,” Alison said. Her classmate Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, 12, died October 8 after he was hit by a van on Prospect Park West and Third Street.

But Alison took concrete action. The eighth-grader decided that drivers on the busy intersection needed a reminder that Park Slope is filled with kids and they need to slow down. Alison is hoping people who see the stuffed animals will think of Sammy.  Some parents touched by the story asked for sweeping changes, including stop signs in bike lanes and a slow zone at the park entrances at Third Street and Ninth Street.

A DOT spokesman said the agency will review his request and that speed is the number one cause of traffic fatalities. They also said they are working to cut speeding by installing speed cameras and creating neighborhood slow zones.