Eanes ISD to implement Slow Down for Me program

Eanes ISD to implement Slow Down for Me program

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People speeding through school zones is a serious problem in the Eanes District. Flashing signs and police officers aren't slowing people down. But now, hundreds of yellow signs just may do the trick.

On February 3, the 500 kids that use this cross walk will be carrying a yellow sign that says "Slow Down for Me." Not just that day, but every day for the rest of the year.

This is how Detective Joel Martin patrols the school zones around Hill County Middle School and Cedar Creek Elementary.

"We're 13 minutes till the kids start walking down," Martin said.

He blocks of a lane of traffic and stands in the middle of 4-lane Walsh Tarlton with his radar gun. He could not be more visible. But it never fails--drivers don't see him, or the flashing school zone signs leading up to him.

"We've got 26 in a 20," Martin said.

At least the drivers are honest.

"I just wasn't paying attention."

"The reason why I stopped you is you were going a 28 in a 20," Martin said.

Speed isn't the only issue.

"Stop, stop! Can you tell them to hold on a second? Yes, can you hold on for a second. I'm Detective Martin with the Rollingwood police department. Let me let you go."

One after the other.

"Hey sir, please feel free to hang up your phone. Stop," Martin said. "I'm just so worried that one of the students is going to get hurt."

Hill Country Middle School Principal Kathleen Sullivan says she's has tried and tried to fix the speeding problem. She's even had traffic engineers come out to offer solutions.

"Truly I don't know what else to do," Sullivan said.

Detective Martin suggested a program he calls "Slow Down for Me."

A company is currently printing these bright yellow signs for the 1,500 students at the Hill Country Middle School campus and Cedar Creek Elementary.

The first week of February all of those students will hold them high as they walk through the school zones.

"It will be a good hour and a half you'll have students roaming the street if you will..."

Signs will also be set up along the roadway. If drivers fail to see the sea of yellow signs they'll see red and blue and get a talking to from detective martin.

"We have people who come through here all the time not paying attention. You need to pay attention."

The kids will begin carrying the signs again on February 3.

Other police departments, including Austin, will be here as well to see if it's a program they'd like to adopt for their school zones.

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