Little girl helps spread big message in Winchester to "slow down"

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - If you live in Winchester, you may have noticed handmade signs asking drivers to slow down and believe it or not, this safety campaign was started by a six-year-old girl!

On Labor Day, Clark County's annual parade helped slow drivers down a bit but folks around town say that's not always the case.

“We see accidents there or hear accidents there on a regular basis,” said Elizabeth Morton, local resident and mother of Clara Jane Morton.

Although people are usually aware of the speed limits, it was a first grader who put her paintbrush to paper to send one message.

“It’s helping all the kids in our neighborhood. It's helping to slow down cars so that none of the kids get hurt or killed,” said six-year-old Clara Jane Morton who started the “slow down Winchester” initiative by painting signs.

“My 6-year-old daughter being able to articulate the fear or the command that she feels unsafe really got this off the ground,” Elizabeth Morton said.

The “slow down” initiative is now off the ground and the “slow down” signs are now seen on sidewalks, street corners and front yards.

Even though 'Slow, Children Playing' signs can already be seen across the county, Elizabeth Morton says placing temporary signs in abundance is much more impactful than sparse, permanent signs.

Another thing that catches the eye? The child's handwriting on the signs.

“I think the handwriting goes perfect with the message that’s trying to be portrayed,” said local resident Chad Higgins.

A big message which will hopefully have an even bigger impact…all thanks to this six-year-old girl.

“I think once they see the signs they want to make the kid happy who made them. “We have already seen them slow down. It’s just making the world safer,” Clara Jane said.

More than 1,000 "slow down" signs have already been placed around Clark County and organizers say they're in the process of printing at least 800 more.

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