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Does 'Safety Sam' make a difference for speeders in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

When the sun comes out, so do the kids and "Safety Sam." 

Recently we got a question at KHQ asking how effective is "Safety Sam?"  So we put him to the test. 

Up on the South Hill some parents say people drive way too fast through neighborhoods with kids.  

"It's really bad for little kids," says Holly Miller who has two elementary age children and a 3 year old grandson. 

"This is probably the slowest you'll see people when the school gets out," says Miller as we clocked drivers outside of her house.  At the time we were out there, between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, people averaged around 25 mph.  Miller says it's worse at other times of day. 

We've all had very close episodes with our children," says Miller. 

So after clocking drivers' speeds I put out a "Safety Sam."  People slowed down.    

Miller has a version of "Safety Sam" and she says she isn't the only one in the neighborhood.   

"There's a lady that lives on the corner and she puts four of these out," says Miller gesturing to the safety sign.   "I really do think it makes a huge difference!"

On average I noticed that people slowed down about 5 to 6 mph where "Safety Sam" was visable.  A lot of parents in the neighborhood really do believe in the tactic and it shows by how hard they are to come by. 

When I was looking to buy a "Safety Sam" for this story I called about eight different stores before finding one store that had one left.  They told me whenever they get them in stock, they immediately sell out.  

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