Region 8 city adds crosswalks and signs to slow folks down

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - A lot of kids across Region 8 walk to and from school, however in some neighborhoods that they walk may not be safe!  3rd street is a busy street in Rector.

"This is a long street and in the past we've had a problem with people not paying near as much attention as they might," said Rector Police Chief Glenn Leach.

"It's human nature for a lot of us to push the speed limit sometimes," said Rector City Councilman and mayor elect David Freeman.

The cars that travel down the street caused some concern for Rector residents.

"We had a group of people that came to us at the city council meeting and suggested improvements for children's safety," said Freeman.

To help slow traffic, signs and crosswalks have been added on 3rd street and adjoining roads.

"There's a lot of crossover around the blocks around the school and we picked the high points where the children actually travel," said Leach.

Chief Leach said they've increased patrols around the area to try to help encourage people to obey traffic laws.

"We put these up because we think these are really high profile and they see the stop so it alerts them right then," said Leach.

"About $1,200 was spent.  I think that was 14 signs and some painting," said Freeman.

The city didn't have to bear the entire cost of the project alone.  Liberty Bank helped donate some of the signs for the project.

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