New speed zone signs slow down drivers by schools

(Source: WGCL)

Drivers whizzing by on Veteran's Memorial Highway will now know their speed at Lindley Middle School.

New dynamic speed display signs are now in place to alert drivers of their speed in this school zone.

"Just flying past and they see the signs. So it might take a little bit more than just the signs but it's a start," says Rahim Tarver.

Tarver is the son of crossing guard Edna Umeh. She was killed November 30 by a driver speeding through the area.

Sunday was his first Mother's Day without his mom.

"Yesterday was the worst time in my life. One of the worst."

Umeh's family came to the area to talk about the changes and others that could be on the way.

"I'm praying that they do it at each school. Not just this one. Keep going for schools outside of this district."

According to Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid, signs were donated by a local company. Installation was the only cost to taxpayers.

"With us having the speed reader signs, it alerts the driver that hey you need to slow down," says Cupid. "Having it near the school also reminds them that this is a place where there are not only vehicles, but that there are children here."

Some other safety options being considered are high intensity activated crosswalks like one located in Midtown.

They are also considering installing a median to divide the four lane highway.

"Whatever they can do to provide safety for these children. Unfortunately I can't bring my mom back, but I can save these children."

Changes made to the roadway are expected to be made before the start of the next school year.

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