Mitchell said she's so concerned with speeders, she makes sure to pick up her grandkids right in front of the school.
"There's a lot of people that will park across the street and walk across the street to pick up their kids and it would scare me if I had to get out and get my granddaughters," she said.
City manager Jeff LaGarce said a recent study found 67% of drivers exceed the speed limit in front of Stowell by more than 5 mph during school hours. That's why the city is stepping in and installing two speed tables. One will be installed on Fulton Avenue, and the other on Union Street. City Engineer Mark Rees said he believes this will have a big impact.
"If you would hit these speed bumps higher than 15 mph it will really shake you up. They'll be used to slowing down to 15 by the school all the time," he said.
The city recently put a speed table in near Holy Family school, and Rees said it's been effective. However, safety still comes down to the driver, and Mitchell urges everyone to think of the kids when driving in a school zone.
"Slow down because I don't want my granddaughters to be hurt and I don't want anyone else's kids to be hurt down here either," Mitchell said.
Rees hopes to have the speed tables in by the end of the school year. He said it should only take a day to complete the project.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Donna Vancil at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.