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Speeding drivers a concern among area schools

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Speeding drivers are on the radar for many area schools and the message they have for them is to slow down.

On Wednesday outside of Ursuline High School, students waved signs urging drivers to slow down.

The demonstration was part of an assignment, where students were asked to use persuasive techniques to make a difference. The students chose speeding in a school zone as one of their top concerns.

"There are many people going really fast, and they're on their phones and just speeding by and they don't stop sometimes," said student Kyle Correia.

The students at Ursuline aren't the only ones in the Valley taking notice of speeding drivers.

Austintown Schools are asking motorists who don't need to be in the area to avoid the streets outside their schools during pick-up and drop-off hours.

The request comes on the heels of a recent accident where a school crossing guard was seriously injured after being hit by a car.

"If we can be really conscience of that and slow down," said Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca. "Think of the children when you're driving, and also the adults now because we do have adults in those areas."

The message to drivers to slow down is one the justice system isn't taking lightly.

On Wednesday, a Cleveland woman served out the second half of her sentence; ordered by a judge to hold an embarrassing sign after she was videotaped driving on the sidewalk past a stopped school bus.

Locally, officials hope drivers get the message in a more subtle way.

Campbell City officials have approved speed bumps to be placed along the road leading up to the city's middle and elementary schools.

"We have a flashing sign, we have a speed sign, we've had police come and run radar there, we've given out tickets, we've done everything," said elementary school principal Robert Walls.

As a reminder to drivers, the speed limit is 20 miles per hour in all school zones.

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