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TRAFFIC: School zone needs flashing lights

Letter by Edward C. Linder, Lakewood on May 31, 2010 at 11:46 am with 1 Comment »
June 7, 2010 9:16 am

When the new Mount Tahoma High School opened on 74th Street, three new signs were posted: “School Crossing,” “Speed Limit 20 mph 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.” and “Speed Strictly
Enforced.”

Over the course of the last month, I’ve had to drive through the zone two to four times a day. With any attempt to slow below 30 mph, I have cars parked on my rear bumper and others whizzing by
in the left lane at 35 to 40 mph or faster. I’ve yet to see any sign of “enforcement.”

If compliance with a 20 mph speed limit is the desired effect, it might be better achieved by flashing yellow lights during the time the school zone is actually occupied rather than the present 7-to-5, 365-days-a-year approach.

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  1. NegativeNancy says:

    At least your school has the lights, my child goes to mckinley elementery in Tacoma and they don’t have the flashing lights even though they are on the main street AND have the freeway on ramp right there.

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