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Father fights speeding issue in kid-friendly neighborhood

Updated: Jun. 25, 2018 at 7:29 PM CDT
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Scott Browning speaking to his child about street safety (Source: KAIT)
Scott Browning speaking to his child about street safety (Source: KAIT)

CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - A Caraway father of three has had enough of speeders flying through his kid-friendly neighborhood.

"This is just a back road in a small community, so cars don't stop, they don't even slow down," said Scott Browning, a Caraway resident.

Browning lives on Jennings Drive, as do many other families with small children.

"There are about five to seven kids at a time riding their bicycles or playing out here," Browning said.

He said many drivers speed through the neighborhood and disregard signage.

Browning also told Region 8 News there have been two incidents where children were barely avoided being hit by speeding vehicles.

Along with many parents living along Jennings, Browning took his concern to the city council.

"We get a lot of traffic for a little road," he said. "Being a person that's been in the medical field, I've worked a lot of incidents with children and anything it takes to prevent one of those accidents from happening, I'm for it."

Mayor Barry Riley responded by installing "Kids at Play" signs on Jennings Drive; however, he said that approach has not been successful at slowing down speeders.

Riley said the council took another approach by voting to lower the street's speed limit from 25 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour.

The speed-limit signage should be installed this week.

"I hope this will slow it down and solve the problem," Browning said. "I hope when the signs go up, law enforcement will monitor it closely and enforce the 15 miles per hour speed limit."

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