The City of Stewartville, MN will be able to improve road safety this year thanks to a $6,792.10 grant from State Farm.
CEDA team members Joya Stetson and Abby Wright successfully authored the aforementioned grant application to State Farm’s Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants program. Stetson and Wright outlined how the City planned to purchase and install three radar speed signs in areas where Olmsted County police officers have recorded a high number of speeders within City limits. These signs have been proven to encourage drivers to abide by speed limits through increasing awareness. In fact, studies have reported that radar signs cause 8/10 drivers to slow their speeds by an average of 10-20% and to comply with most of the posted speed limit signs on their route thereafter; even a small reduction in speed can substantially reduce accidents or even fatalities.
“Road safety and risk mitigation are extremely important to State Farm, which is why we felt that the Program would be a good fit for this project,” said Stetson. “State Farm’s team was easy to work and communicate with throughout the process. We are so appreciative of the opportunity to further increase and promote safety in our community.”
State Farm regularly considers contributing to eligible organizations for projects focused on safety, community development and education. Their grant application cycle is currently closed but will likely open again on September 1, 2020. Continue to visit their website for more information!