PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) - In most places, if you are sentenced to community service, that usually means picking up trash on the side of the road, but one small Arkansas town has taken a new approach.
A town of just more than 600, Pangburn rests on both sides of a busy highway in White County. When school started back a few weeks ago, the biggest problem they found were speeders in school zones. That's when Mayor Todd Slaton had an idea.
"The main thing is just trying to get people to be aware and slow down for the safety of the kids," explained Slaton.
For two days credit for only one day of work, those sentenced to community service can now hold signs displaying positive messages to speeding drivers in school zones.
"A lot of people just flying through not paying attention to the speed limit. They don't care. They're just driving," said Tim Reid.
Thursday is Tim Reid's third day of sign holding, and he believes it is working. Not only is the task free of much manual labor, it's a job he said truly is serving the community.
"If you can just get people to slow down, that's the biggest thing," added Reid.
Sign holders work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the days they are assigned. Along with Reid's sign that says 'Children Crossing. Slow Down', two other signs they can hold include the messages 'Say No to Drugs' and 'Don't Steal.'
The mayor said none of the signs are indicative of the crimes those holders have committed, only to send positive messages to the community. Similar signs have been used in surrounding cities including Heber Springs and around Cleburne County.