BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT)- After one week of school, the city of Brookland is making changes to help the flow of traffic in the school zone. The mayor along with a street crew changed directional road signs Sunday morning to reflect a new route.
Mayor Kenneth Jones said after a close call last week that involved a child running into traffic and almost being struck by a car, he knew he had to take action.
"After our first day of school on Monday, we realized that we had a severe traffic issue," Jones said.
Mayor Jones said he sat down with local officers to come up with a new traffic plan to help with the congestion.
"We've tried to come up with a game plan that would make it safer for the students walking to school, safer for the parents who is delivering their students to school," he said.
They decided to make School St one way during certain hours of the day.
"By doing this we are going to open up a lane that the emergency vehicle can get to the school or through School street," Jones said.
Resource officer, Terri Whitley said something has to be done to protect students from drivers on their phones.
"Here at the school there is loading and unloading zones and we're trying to make it safe because we still have people with cell phone usage in the school zone," she said. "This is creating a major problem that could cause a major accident."
Jones said the new car route should help with the flow of traffic and keep students safe especially those walking to school. He said the additional signs could save a child's life.
"The cost is minor considering the consequences of a child being hit and possibly killed. I just don't want that to happen and I don't think anybody would want that to happen," Jones said.
He said he wants parents to be aware of the changes and asks for their cooperation.
"Just give us a little bit of chance, work with us and I think they are going to see a big improvement in the flow of kids being delivered to school and being picked up in the afternoons," he said.
Jones said they will have detour signs for drivers this week to help them get use to the new route.