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Hannibal officials trying to slow down traffic near school zone

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

It's something parents and teachers strive for everyday keeping kids safe at school.
Now, Hannibal city officials are getting involved in an effort to slow down speeders near Stowell Elementary.  

City officials said within a month, they will raise this intersection on Fulton Avenue so drivers will obey the 15 mph speed limit during school hours.  Many people said right now, drivers don't even pay attention to the signs and that's putting kids in danger.

"There's not hardly ever a day that goes by where we're not down here waiting for the kids that somebody has zipped right on by," said Goldie Mitchell as she picks up her granddaughters.  

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.

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