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'Slow down for me' program kicks off at Eanes ISD

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The officers who patrol a school zone in Eanes ISD are fed up. Drivers aren't paying attention they say and are putting kids' lives at risk. To fix the problem, they're getting creative and the kids are getting in on it.

On Monday Eanes ISD school zone drivers were met with a solid line of patrol cars along Walsh Tarlton. That site was followed by hundreds of students pouring out of Hill Country Middle School and Cedar Creek Elementary with bright yellow signs that read Slow Down for Me.

Rollingwood Officer Joel Martin came up with the slow down for me project after repeatedly stopping distracted, speeding drivers in the school zone.

"People need to slow down. That's what it comes down to," said Martin.

"It's a little scary because sometimes the kids are biking," said parent Shreya Sahu. "I'm worried they'll lose balance and fall off on the road and that would be a disaster."

"You really have to look out for yourself and you really don't have any help on that," said student Zack Burd.

This new program puts the kids in charge. They can do their own enforcement by displaying the signs as they walk to and from school.

"I love how its bringing awareness I think it's great," said mom Jennifer LaRue.

In total 15-hundred kids have the signs. They will carry them throughout the rest of the school year.

An hour into day one, just the result Martin was hoping for.

"This is the slowest I've seen the traffic," said Martin. "Kids are chanting. They're excited."

Then, a reminder of why they decided to do the program. A driver attempted to pass a stopped car while children were using the cross walk.

Martin is finished with warnings.

"We're not going to tolerate it anymore and it's going to be stopped today," said Martin.

If the yellow signs are out, Martin says police will enforce a zero tolerance for traffic violations.

"These are our babies. These are our babies. So, just be careful and think of them as your own and how you would want someone to treat your own kids," said LaRue.

In addition to the signs kids are holding, there are also signs police have put up all along the roadway. All were donated. School zone fines start at $200 for speeding and go all the way up to $2,000 for passing a school bus.

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