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Digital speed signs around city slow motorists

A new pair of signals popped up on Monte Sano Boulevard last Friday with one right outside of Monte Sano Elementary School.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 5:57 PM

Digital speed signs are popping up across the city. The signs help make motorists aware of their speed as they are driving.

A new pair of signals popped up on Monte Sano Boulevard last Friday with one right outside of Monte Sano Elementary School.

People who live in the area tell me they're glad the signs are now up but they should've been put up a long time ago.

"I'm delighted to see them. Long overdue. We were hoping to get those probably 25-30 years ago," said Bill Patrick who lives in the neighborhood.

The Director of Traffic Engineering for the city told me the signs are a result of multiple complaints from people in the area. He told me the city monitors traffic in areas where complaints are made and installs signs if they're needed. While Patrick thinks the signs are a start he thinks there needs to be more.

"I'd be happy if they put two more up. One at each end of the boulevard," said Patrick.

He said, there are lots of children who ride their bikes along the road and many pedestrians out on strolls. Mckenzie Woodall and Tyler Lee like to walk the road and said they sometimes worry about their safety.

"A big truck came by and it was going really fast and I was like oh maybe I should scoot over a little bit because he was going pretty fast," said Woodall.

The pair told me they think people speed because there are very few cops patrolling the area. They also said, they don't think people who speed through are familiar with the area.

"They don't care. They don't have kids. They don't live up here," Woodall said.

The city said, the digital speed signs were also installed on several streets in the city. They will be moved after a few months to other areas.

If you think speeding is a problem in your area and you want speed signals installed you can contact your City Council representative or the city's traffic department.

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