A sharp increase in crashes at an east-side intersection will mean Ripon residents will need to learn to drive a little slower when heading toward the hospital.

   The Ripon Common Council agreed Tuesday night to lower the speed limit on East Fond du Lac Street between Harvey and Douglas streets from 35 mph to 25.

   The decision comes after a 15-month period in which far more vehicle accidents occurred at the intersection of Douglas and East Fond du Lac streets than each of the past several years combined.

   “It’s become our highest accident rate in the city,” Ripon Police Chief Dave Lukoski said Tuesday night. “... We obviously have a problem there.”

   Statistics bear out the scope of the problem:

— 2013: 1 crash at that intersection
— 2014: 1 crash
— 2015: 1 crash
— 2016: 9 crashes (including two injury crashes).

   Thus far, 2016 does not appear to be an anomaly, either.

   “So far in 2017, [we have had] three crashes,” Ripon Police Capt. Bill Wallner said in a separate interview with the Commonwealth.

Read the full story, including what request the city made to the state that the state denied, in the March 16, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.