The Anna Police Department is proud to announce the launch of a new initiative to help keep children, pets, and pedestrians safe in neighborhoods.


Beginning today, the department kicks off the school year with a new child/pedestrian safety program. Drive Like Your Kids Live Here ® is a national awareness program with a mission to provide a safer environment for children and all pedestrians.


“Our goal is to remind people that children and pets are present in the neighborhoods and to pay attention and slow down,” said Police Chief Jeff Caponera. The speed limit in residential areas throughout Anna is 25 mph. In some of the older neighborhoods the streets are narrower; vehicles parked along those roads reduce visibility and add another significant hazard. Chief


Caponera added, “It’s not uncommon for children to be riding skateboards, bicycles, or scooters, or playing in the front yards. Distracted driving and speeding are the leading causes of accidents in Anna. We are hoping that drivers will see the bright red signs and heed the message.”


Anna Police partnered with Drive Like Your Kids Live Here and acquired 250-yard signs and 30 metal reflective signs. The signs, bright red with bold white letters, are 18” x 24” and include a wire H shape metal stake. The yard signs are available for purchase through the Police Department, 101 S. Powell Pkwy., or online at www.annatxpolice.org. Select the “Important Links” tab under the “Police Services” tab and follow the embedded link. Signs may be picked up at the Police Department or can be delivered to your front door. The metal signs will be installed by Anna’s Public Works Department at the entrance to each neighborhood.


For more information on the program, visit http://drivelikeyourkidslivehere.com/ or contact Lt. Pete Copin at 972-924-2848.