Police, Residents Urge Drivers To Slow Down At Anderson Neighborhood

 

Bright red signs are popping up in an Anderson neighborhood park urging drivers to slow down and watch out for kids. People around Linley park say the speed limits have been ignored for years.

“Drive like your kids live here,” Kari Strathern said. “Be aware that there are children riding their bicycles and young parents strolling their children.”

The signs that say “Drive like your kids live here” now line highways that wrap around Linley Park in Anderson.

“We want to remind people to slow down,” Strathern said, after living in the area for 9 years.

People, like Kari, who live here, have been trying for years to get drivers to obey the speed limits. Both police and parents say they see speeders go 15 to 20 over the 25 and 35 posted limits every day.

“This is one of the areas that we do concentrate on because of the children and families but also because the complaints of citizens,” said Lt. Tony Tilley with Anderson Police.

The park holds sports games, a playground and walking trail. So now that construction is wrapping up in the area, children are even more at play. “I do worry about them getting across the street.”

That’s why the neighborhood has come together with police and the city to try to put a stop to dangerous driving.

“I think the police are doing a great job and the city has been very responsive,” Kari added. “I just think its finding the right solution to the problem.”

Since May, police have made around 300 traffic stops in the area alone. They are also using an almost 200 thousand dollar grant from the department of public safety to increase patrol in the area.

“If we can do something extra to help, we always want to hear from our citizens,” Lt Tilley added.

And after a meeting, the city agreed to add 21 big fluorescent signs to cross-walks that they say will be even harder for drivers to ignore. The new reflective pedestrian signs are costing the city of Anderson about $7,000.

Planning and development officials say the signs will be hard to miss at every cross-walk, but if they don’t work, the city will find other solutions.

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