Sometimes it takes a kid’s perspective to solve a grown-up problem. That was exactly the case for a group of students who came up with the perfect solution to stop drivers from speeding.

Fourth-grade students Isa and Eric of Brooks Elementary School in Medford, Massachusetts came up with a brilliant plan to get drivers to slow down in their neighborhood. Based on an idea they had seen put into action in Europe and China, the pair came up with the concept of creating 3D crosswalks after Eric’s brother was almost hit by a speeding driver. “We were thinking of a way we could do something to help make the street safer,” Isa told WBZ-TV .

Working together with the Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility it took a year for their idea to come to fruition. A local artist took on the task of painting the illusion on the street that makes it appear as if the crosswalk is three-dimensional. The city plans to add more 3D crosswalks in school zones.

“I think it’s great. It certainly would make me stop,” said Michael Coates, a teacher, and advisor at the center. “It’s a great example of them sticking to an idea and going through all the steps and talking, in this case, to all the adults and all the powers that be.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Anwaar Ali via Unsplash



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