Downers Grove

‘Look Up:' Downers Grove Installs Signs to Discourage Texting Near Crosswalks

The signs will be placed at several intersections near Downers Grove's two high schools

In an effort to encourage kids to pay attention to their surroundings while walking near busy intersections, one suburban school district is trying a unique approach.

The Village of Downers Grove is partnering with a pair of local high schools to encourage pedestrian safety, and before kids return to class the district will install sidewalk stickers with the message “Look Up” at several intersections around the institutions.

“We want to emphasize that there’s always time for safety,” the district said in a statement. “We’ll also have message board sand speed feedback signs up to remind drivers that school is back in session, and to use extra caution.”

According to officials, students and parents will also receive reminders about keeping pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists safe around schools.

The village will also be accepting public comment on their safety protocols at special forums on Sept. 5. Online maps will also be available so that residents can point out specific intersections that may need special attention.

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