By Amber Anderson
October 05, 2009
Unfortunately I was naive when we first moved here a year ago and bought our first home on this very bend. I thought it would be safe for most of the time due to the school zone of 20mph. For those of you who may not know the speed limit is 25mph and 20mph when the caution lights are flashing. I'm not sure when the lights begin the flash, but I know they keep flashing until 4:00PM.
Another contributing issue I have noticed are cell phones. The worst part is when drivers are texting while driving around a bend at a high rate of speed in a school zone. I personally have been in the middle of walking my children across the street to meeting such drivers in a near miss. Yes, I am frightened for my children's safety, but also for all the other children that face these dangers each day.
My husband and I are trying to make this hazard known to protect the lives of children, yours and ours. We have notified the First Student bus service and have gotten a great response. We have noticed a great difference in this past week. Thank you First Student for realizing the importance in this matter and helping to make a change in our community for the better.
The Ketchikan Police have also been notified of this matter. We have not noticed any more patrols or any other method to enforce the speed zone in this area as of yet, but hope the Lieutenant will make this a priority.
I know we are all guilty of making mistakes such as speeding even by accident. I only post this because I notice that this high rate of speed in this school zone has been a way of life and it cannot continue.
Received October 03, 2009 - Published October 05, 2009
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