DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Delaware politicians are sending a clear message to drivers on Route 1: slow down.
House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, is overseeing plans to install three speed variable signs on the roads entering Dewey Beach. The signs, which can be found elsewhere along Route 1, display how fast drivers are going, along with the speed limit.
The signs are the first project announced after the first meeting of the Route 1 Task Force -- a coalition of politicians, local police officers and fire department officials dedicated to improving safety measure on Coastal Highway for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
"These signs have a tendency to make people say 'oh, I'm speeding,'" said Schwartzkopf, who chairs the Route 1 Task Force. "Slowing people down helps us avoid accidents."
Officials say the project will cost approximately $9,000 and be paid for out of Schwartzkopf's Community Transportation Fund. At least two signs are expected to be installed within the next several weeks.
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