School Zone Speeders Must Be Stopped

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Editor:

I am writing with hopes of making your readers aware of a problem I have seen daily, speeding through the school zone.

The streets around the school are marked with signs, 15MPH, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. but I, and others, have seen many people ignore these signs.

In a two-day total, of just 30 minutes, between 2:50 p.m. and 3:05 p.m., 113 vehicles passed through the school zone. Of these, 87 were clearly exceeding the speed limit. They were not going a few miles an hour faster, they were going way over the limit.

At this time of the day, students are leaving school, many who need to cross these roads. Young children with their parents, waiting for school to let out, play on the grass lawn, only a few feet from the street. It is only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt, or worse.

The amazing thing about these speeders is that most of them are turning into the school's parking lot to pick up their child.

I am also writing the mayor in hopes of getting larger signs hung up, plus the chief of police, to ask about having an officer patrol this area at this time of day.

This needs to be fixed now, before an accident happens.

Kristi Mercer, Eighth grade, Rim Country Middle School

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