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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.