Woman Worries About Safety of Children After Driver Kills Her Dog

Woman Worries About Safety of Children After Driver Kills Her Dog

A woman put up a sign in her neighborhood after someone hit and killed her little dog.
PULASKI COUNTY, AR -- A Pulaski County woman believes a speeder killed her dog, and now she's concerned a child could be next.

Her dog was hit in the area near the intersection of Sarah Drive and Rachel Court.

After the incident, she put up a sign that's sparked quite a bit of conversation in the Pulaski County neighborhood.

"They hit him so hard it broke the collar off of his neck and it bent his little rabies tag," Laura Martin said. "I was screaming."

Last month, Martin says a speeder hit and killed her dog Barney on Sarah Drive and never stopped.

"And he was my everything because I don't have children," Martin said.

The tragedy impacted Martin so much she put up a sign in the neighborhood.

It reads: "Slow down you killed my dog, slow down before you kill a child."

Martin said she did it because, "everybody speeds through here."

The speed limit in the neighborhood is 20 miles per hour, but people who live there say they've seen some drivers go as fast as 50 miles per hour.

With four kids who play outside, Shahettia Nelson said the speeders concern her, too, so she decided to take some action of her own.

Nelson called the Pulaski County Public Works Department, and crews installed reflectors on Sarah Drive designed to slow down traffic.

"It could be someone's kid next time, and that would be a tragedy for someone's child to be killed just because someone was being reckless," Nelson said.

Nothing can bring back Martin's dog, but she says it gives her comfort knowing her sign inspired some changes to the neighborhood that will hopefully help to keep kids a little safer.

The folks over at Pulaski County Public Works say it's very rare for crews to install speed bumps anymore.

Apparently they cause issues for emergency trucks trying to quickly get through residential neighborhoods, and those speed bumps have caused damage to cars actually going the speed limit.

So now, it's more typical to see reflectors or rumble strips on the roads in Pulaski County.

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