Students line streets near school urging drivers to hit the brakes

Children protest against speeding cars near Rollingwood
Children protest against speeding cars near Rollingwood

ROLLINGWOOD (KXAN) — Students at a pair of Rollingwood schools took to the streets on Monday to make a stance against drivers speeding through their school zones.

“You have to be super careful,” said student Zach Burd. “Some cars are going really fast when you’re trying to cross the crosswalk, and it just gets scary sometimes.”

Hundreds of students lined the streets near their school urging drivers to “Slow Down For Me”, a program organized by the Rollingwood Police Department.

“Every single child here has a story to tell,” said parent Deirdre Allinson. “We need parents and drivers to really listen to the kids and understand that school zone safety is an important issue.”

Rollingwood Police Det. Joel Martin has seen too many cars flying through school zones, including one where a child died.

“I completely changed my entire career,” he said, “and basically dedicate it now to protecting these kids.”

While Martin’s program has no budget, he says the students’ enthusiasm gets the message across even better.

He hopes other agencies join the “Slow Down For Me” program. Drivers speeding through school zones face fines ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than $2,000.

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