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Local schools looking to slow down speeding drivers

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Some drivers in Quincy are driving almost double the speed limit in a school zone and many may not even know it.

Now, one school is taking action to help keep their kids safe. Monroe Elementary School principal Julie Stratman says with the weather getting nice more kids will be out, so she thought it was time to remind drivers again to slow down.

The flashing speed sign near Monroe Elementary School on Payson Road topped one driver out at 38 miles per hour. That's 18 miles per hour over the school zone speed limit and Stratman says this driver is not the only one speeding past her school.

"When we go outside and recess is outside and we start seeing the cars fly by it's great to call the board office and get the speed sign out here," Stratman said.

Stratman says the sign is owned by the school district and each school has the option of using it to track speeding. She says she thinks the sign helps to alert drivers just how fast they are driving through a school zone.

"Great visual reminder," Stratman said. You know when you go by it it's flashing to see how fast you are going. It's just a reminder for drivers to slow down. We got a school here with lots of kids."

Adams County Deputy Sheriff Kathy Carver says the problem with areas like the one near Monroe Elementary School is that it looks rural, so some drivers don't realize it's a school zone.

"You get time and time again," Carver said. "'Well, I didn't realize it was a school zone until I got right up on the sign,' and then you see people try to slow down as fast as they can."

Carver says she thinks this sign will help deter some of the lead foot drivers speeding by.

"With the flashing speedometer sign it's more noticeable and they can kind of slow down," Carver said.

Carver says if you are caught speeding in a school zone the cost of the ticket starts at $350, plus court costs. And she says you also don't get the option of court supervision.

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