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UI Public Safety to run radar on Newton Road
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cars, construction and kids are the potentially dangerous
combination that has prompted the University of Iowa department of public
safety to announce a special effort to enforce the speed limit for vehicles
on Newton Road on the UI campus.
Public Safety officers will be out with their radar guns on Newton Road
between Riverside Drive (Highway 6) and Woolfe Avenue near the Veterans
Affairs Medical Center. A variety of construction projects related to
the planned biomedical education and research building are in progress
along Newton Road in that area, which complicates safety for pedestrians
in the area, including children attending day care at the Greentree Child
Care Center in Westlawn.
"Our goal is not to catch people speeding but to get people to
slow down," said Charles Green, UI director of public safety. "Too
many cars have been traveling too fast in the construction area near the
childcare center. We're hoping that by alerting people to the problem,
we will get the kind of cooperation needed to ensure the safety of all
pedestrians, but especially the children."
The posted speed limit in the construction area along Newton Road is
15 miles per hour.