New Orleans school uses unique technique for safer streets

Rachel Wulff, WDSU

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) - Nearly 400 polka dots have just been painted on in front of a New Orleans school, and it's not about sprucing up the scenery.

"It's an eyesore. Doesn't fit in. I really don't like it; we weren't consulted," neighbor Richard Brown says.

The principal of the French immersion school says speeding cars were a problem, making it dangerous for children going to and from class. So the school paid a design firm $8,000 to come up with a solution.

Their idea? Paint 392 polka dots on the street, and the city approved.

"These strategies have been used in other states and other countries and have been shown to be pretty successful in improving safety and slowing traffic," said Emily Bullock, who works for Spackman Mossop & Michaels, the firm that designed the project.



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