Like any mother, Ashley Guet of Ronceverte wants the best and safest home for her two children, especially her 6-year-old daughter Winter, who was diagnosed with non-verbal autism.
“I want her to be accepted. I want her to be loved,” Guet said. “I want her to be safe.”
But in April, she thought Winter’s safety was in jeopardy. She said some drivers reportedly went twice the speed limit while her daughter was in the front yard.
“When you got cars speeding up through here at 30, 40 miles per hour, and you’ve got a child with autism that wanders or runs… It’s a scary thing,” Guet said.
After increased patrols failed to find the reported speeders, Ronceverte Police Chief Julian Byer, Jr. and his officers wasted no time in purchasing and installing a digital speed sign, thanks to a surplus of the city’s coal severance funds.
“[Guet] had contacted myself… through the [Ronceverte Police Department] Facebook page,” Byer, Jr. said. “We’re here to protect and serve, especially the children of our community… They are tomorrow’s future, and we want to make sure that we’re here to help them in any way we can.”
Guet said she is at peace, knowing her community is helping her keep watch over her children.
“We chose the right place to raise her and our son,” Guet said. “Because I know that if anything happens, all I have to do is call.”