BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- The City of Bridgeport is trying to make some changes to make its streets safer. The changes come after three recent hit-and-runs; two of which involved children.
The city wants to make sure what happened to 6-year-old Diamond Battle doesn't happen again.
Diamond was walking with her aunt in late May when they were hit by an SUV. The driver fled the scene.
"We have 25 mile per hour speed limits, these vehicles are doing 40, 50 and 60 miles per hour," said Richard Bonney, Bridgeport City Council.
Diamond is one of four Bridgeport children injured in hit-and-runs in recent months.
Monday, the city rolled out what it calls a 'traffic calming plan' aimed at making the streets safer for pedestrians and bike riders.
"This summer will be the beginning, but it's not a blitz it's an ongoing effort we are going to have a concentrated effort in the city of Bridgeport going forward on traffic enforcement and traffic safety, for motorists, the public and pedestrians as well," said Asst. Chief James Nardozzi, Bridgeport PD.
The plan includes an increase in marked cruisers around schools, the installation of speed bumps in highly traveled areas, and more signs alerting drivers about the speed they're traveling.
"Let's crack down, let's stop 'em, let's slow them down and if we do this more often the message will get out," said Bonney.
Police are also urging parents to join in the effort by reminding their kids to always look both ways before crossing streets.
However, as one city official said Monday, driver accountability and pedestrian awareness are not the only factors that lead to safer streets.
"One of the things you find throughout the country is when you start to have streets with more trees it tends to slow people down," said Theodore Grabarz, Bridgeport Sustainability Director.
The city is also encouraging residents to report anyone they see speeding or driving recklessly to the City of Bridgeport website . There's a special police drop box on the site. Any tips given will be kept anonymous.
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