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Noblesville To Residents: 'Child At Play Signs Don't Work'

A 25-mph speed limit sign above a sign reading "slow -- children at play."

A cautionary road sign. (Pixnio)

Noblesville residents are requesting more cautionary road signs, such as “stop” and “Child at Play” signs. Some community members say the signs will improve pedestrian safety, but city officials are questioning their effectiveness.

Communications Manager Robert Herrington says a city study indicated motorist’s speed did not change with the presence of a sign.

“Sometimes families think that if the sign is up, people will drive slower, and we have found that’s not the case," he says. 

Herrington says an overabundance of traffic signs could result in disrespect for all road signs and may even encourage children to play in roads.  

“Most of these are residential areas, the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, and most drivers are cognizant that if they are in a residential area, children could be at play," he says.

Herrington says there are still steps that can be taken to ensure pedestrian safety, such as speed count and more frequent police surveillance.

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