It was in October of 2002 that Belvidere resident Karl Rappleye was crossing State Street when he was struck by a car and killed. Since then several other pedestrians have almost been run over causing residents to fear for their lives.
Several of these residents decided to hold a meeting with community leaders to discuss new safety measures. The city is purchasing several 48-inch flexible reflective poles that will be placed in the middle of non-lit crosswalks along State Street.
The posts are meant to slow drivers down and increase crosswalk awareness. They can withstand being hit by a vehicle, but will have to be taken down in the winter months during snow cleanup.
Belvidere police are also looking into purchasing a speed trailer. When the department recently borrowed one, they said drivers who saw their speed posted slowed down, but the trailer would cost the city just over $9,000.
For now, they are focusing on educating the public and enforcing crosswalk laws.