How to Petition for a Traffic Light

by Editorial Team

If you feel strongly about the need for a traffic light in your neighborhood, you have a right to petition for one. That's what free speech is all about. The key is to handle it professionally. Take it step by step.

Step 1

Gather a group of concerned residents. There's power in numbers. Share your concerns with each other about the traffic light. Compile any photo proof of accidents, injuries or speeding if possible.

Step 2

Write your petition statement. This is a summary of your grievances. It explains why the traffic light is necessary and who is at danger without one.

Step 3

Include space below the petition statement for signatures, addresses and email addresses. Print off several copies of your petition.

Step 4

Distribute the petitions to group members. Divide up and go door to door, set up a table outside a local store and give a presentation at the next neighborhood-watch meeting.

Step 5

Create a website where people can sign the petition 24 hours a day. All they have to do is click a button, enter their name, email address and comments. Determine a cut-off date for the petition campaign. Preferably, this is right before the next town or city council meeting.

Step 6

Go to a town or city council meeting with your petition in hand. Sign up to speak during the public portion of the meeting. State your case and hand in the petition.

Step 7

Seek help from a higher power. Send the petition to local lawmakers. This includes assemblymen and senators. Follow up with phone calls.

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