(WXYZ) - Don’t underestimate the power of a mom or even better, 1,200 moms.
A group of mothers called Hartland Moms teamed up to push the township and MDOT to fix a dangerous intersection near US-23 and M-59.
“There are 1200 of us on this Facebook page. We should be able to do something about it,” said Hartland Moms member, Melanie Bartley.
It snowballed from there.
According to the women, the section of road was built when there was a boom in business.
“Then when the economy kind of tanked everything came to a complete standstill. So now, we have roads for what never came,” said Hartland Moms member Amy Roach.
The group told 7 Action News there are several problems in the specific area which confuses drivers into making illegal u-turns and drivers end up cutting off other cars.
“It’s right at a highway, a major highway intersection,” said Bartley. “So, there’s a lot of people stopping off of here to get fast food and they want to get back on the highway and they have no idea where to go.”
According to Bartley, hundreds so comments quickly started to light up the group’s ‘Hartland Moms’ Facebook page.
The mothers could scroll through countless stories, of close calls at the intersection.
The group decided to take action and recently spoke at a Harland Township Hall meeting in hopes of preventing future accidents.
They have also addressed their concerns will MDOT.
The moms are also worried about the safety of young, elderly, and all drivers.
“MDOT suggested that they redo a traffic study and then they see if can designate a left turn light on that spot, make it legal to turn left and make the traffic flow a little better,” said Bartley.
While the discussions are just the beginning, the mothers realize it is a start and it could take years to find a permanent resolution.
Through they are banding together they have learned the power in their voice, and the power in their page.
“It feels great being able to make a change for the better,” said Bartley. “Even if it’s a small change… it’s still going to do a lot of good.”
“Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and speak your mind,” said Roach. “Especially as moms.”
The mothers say they are pushing for more patrols in the area.
The township suggested the group form a civilian task force to watch the area.
The township supervisor told 7 Action News “It is nice to see a group working proactively with the township to solve an issue within the community. I hope MDOT sees how this is a community-wide concern and hope we can come to an effective solution soon.”
7 Action News is still waiting to hair back from MDOT.
“Hartland Moms’ Facebook page is private to only mothers who live in Hartland.
The group recently created a separate page titled Hartland Traffic Hotspots to warn drivers of dangerous areas.
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