Calif. City to Install Traffic Safety Equipment Near Schools

Published: February 20, 2011

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — The city of Santa Maria plans to install high-visibility signs and radar-feedback indicators on the streets around many of its schools. This equipment will help to slow traffic and make motorists more aware of students on the streets.

The new equipment will be funded by a contribution from the city and a Safe Routes to School grant, the Santa Maria Times reports. The funding amounts to approximately $105,000.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey, there was a 16 percent drop in pedestrian fatalities resulting from traffic accidents between 1998 and 2008. Safe Routes to School is a nationwide initiative that began in 2005 to improve safety through engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation.

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