School zones are getting safer

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- The traffic around school zones in the city of Jonesboro is about to get slower.

Solar flashing lights are on the verge of being installed at fifteen different locations.

This project has been a year in the works and is being funded through a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar grant by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says this is something the schools need, "This is really controlling the traffic. Saying, 'hey this is a school zone. You need to slow down.' And so, whether the children are walking, riding the bus, loading the bus or whatever, this is gonna help."

The city also intends to install some sort of sign warning motorists they are approaching a school zone.

As soon as the utility company approves the chosen locations, it should take thirty to forty-five days to install the lights.

The fifteen schools that will be getting lights in their are:  Alternative School, Annie Camp Junior High, Blessed Sacrament, Visual Performing Arts, Kindergarten Center, MacArthur Junior High, Nettleton Intermediate Center, Nettleton Junior High, Math and Science Magnet School, Ridgefield Christian School, International Studies Magnet School, Health and Wellness Magnet School, University Heights, Valley View, and the Micro Society School.