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Quincy University officials say flashing signs are helping to slow drivers down

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Quincy University students continue to rally behind a student who was seriously injured after getting hit by a vehicle while crossing an intersection near campus last year.

Shannon Peters was injured when she was hit by a vehicle near the intersection of 18th and Chestnut last year and she is sowly making a recovery.

Since the accident, a group of QU students made a push to get more safety measures in place so it doesn't happen again.

QU bought two flashing crosswalk signs that the city put up last year to alert drivers to slow down and watch for students on campus.

The purchase was made after a group of students petitioned the city council and the school to take action to improve safety measures on campus.

"I think that people are getting the message just because they are solar powered, they are on day and night constantly flashing, so it does bring attention to people," Quincy University student Ashley Reese said.  "It also just raises the safety awareness, so the students are aware of what happened to Shannon last year, so they are already careful enough. Even the drivers around campus are even more careful as well."

Quincy University Director of Safety and Security Sam Lathrop says he agrees that the signs are helping to alert drivers.

"I have reports from other motorists who have noticed the signs and I think it has definitely had a calming effect around our campus which is exactly what we were hoping for," Lathrop said.

The second annual Strides For Shannon 5K Color Powder Walk and Run is at QU Saturday. You can register on that day in front of Francis Hall at 11 a.m.

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