Ald. Jose Perez
Press Release

Tragedy is a sad reminder to buckle up, drive safe, follow rules of the road

Statement of Alderman José G. Pérez November 11, 2015

By - Nov 11th, 2015 12:04 pm

I join other members of the South Side community this week in grieving the death of 14-year-old Zaira Tellez, a student at St. Anthony’s who was killed in a car crash while riding with a driver who was not even old enough to drive. My thoughts are with the family as they mourn the passing of their daughter, and I hope that with the support of the community, they will be able to find some peace.

This tragedy is compounded by the fact that it was entirely preventable. Too often in the South Side’s 12th Aldermanic District, we get reports of young people—and even grown adults—driving recklessly. It’s every resident’s responsibility to make this a safe place to live by obeying the rules of the road and driving carefully.

It takes just a few seconds to buckle a seat belt. But that moment in time can make the difference between a car crash from which you can walk away unscathed and another roadside tragedy.

Please, when you get home from work today, hug your children. Remind them that it’s never safe to ride in a car with an unlicensed, underage driver. Urge them to drive reasonably and cautiously when they do get behind the wheel. And make a point to emphasize the importance of wearing a seatbelt, so more tragedies like this can be avoided.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Organizations:

Recent Press Releases by Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton

President Hamilton and CCC invite public to community sessions on police reform

The Milwaukee Collaborative Community Committee was formed by Council President Hamilton and Council members when the effort to reform the Milwaukee Police Department was cancelled by federal officials.

The challenges and opportunities of the 2020 city budget

Statement of Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton September 30, 2019

President Hamilton takes part in West Coast panel discussion on inclusive economic growth

Event in Sacramento part of cooperative initiative involving NBA’s Bucks and Kings

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us