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13-year-old takes on City Hall to save lives

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Evan Moses said he wants to slow down traffic in his neighborhood after a friend was hit by a car. (Source: WBZ/CNN) Evan Moses said he wants to slow down traffic in his neighborhood after a friend was hit by a car. (Source: WBZ/CNN)

GLOUCESTER, MA (WBZ/CNN) - A 13-year-old in Gloucester, MA is taking on City Hall to do something about the traffic on his street after one of his friends was hit by a car.

Evan Moses wants to slow down traffic in front of his home. And people are starting to listen.

"Just about everyone on the street calls me the mayor," Evan said.

He said his friend was struck by a car near a playground.

"He was on top of the windshield," Evan said.

So he came up with the idea of implementing speed bumps. But he's learning there's a whole lot more to getting them done than just coming up with the idea.

"There's some amount of bureaucracy he has to pursue," said actual Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

Evan is now going house to house collecting signatures.

"They all agreed to get speed bumps installed on the street," Evan said.

Kirk said she was concerned that the bumps may be difficult for snow plowing. Evan has a plan for that too.

"If we got speed humps instead, it's a little less intense than speed bumps," he said.

Once he gets his plan worked out, it's onward to City Hall and the Traffic Commission.

"I'm 13. What are they going to do? I'm not 7, I'm not going to cry to my mom," Evan said.

Ultimately it's up to the mayor whether speed bumps are installed.

"It's a great lesson for him that I hope other citizens, adults especially, take advantage of," Kirk said.

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