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Downtown speed sign goes up to slow drivers down

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A quick glimpse onto main street in Jonesboro and you'll see drivers and pedestrians making their way from one place to another, but when the driver is going faster than the speed limit, it's not the safest place for the pedestrian.

"It scares me real bad when I have to get out into the street," said driver Abby Cook.

Sgt. George Martin with the Jonesboro Police Department said there was a need for the digital speed sign to make drivers aware of how fast they are really going.

"Just wanting motorists to obey the speed limit and this also gives them a chance when they're observing traffic they can see how fast they are going," said Martin.

However, some say it will take more than just a speed sign to get folks to slow down.

"They used to have the raised walks through here when they decorated the brick walks," said pedestrian Brad Townsend. "They had some natural speed bumps built into them."

The decision to go ahead and add the speed sign came after both officers and pedestrians noticed just how fast people were driving.

"Officers who patrol this area have been observing and we do get complaints from pedestrians who say cars don't stop for them on the cross walks," said Martin.

Sgt. Martin is asking drivers to be aware of their speed and keep in mind people are constantly walking across the street.

"We just want people to be very observant because you have a lot of cars parked on the side of the road in the parking spots, and it makes it hard to see when pedestrians are crossing the road," said Martin.

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