Early Childhood officials concerned with speeding in school zone
By Jenny Dreasler, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
Kids as young as 5-years-old are dodging cars speeding by their school every day. That's the situation that has one Quincy school up in arms.
Speeding has become such an issue at Quincy Early Childhood and Family Center that school officials have put up a speed trailer in hopes of getting drivers to slow down.
Parents say the problem is so bad, they actually fear for the kids' lives.
Jennifer Daggett picks up her 5-year-old son Carter every day. Daggett says she's stunned by how fast people are driving through the school zone along 8th street.
"It's very frustrating with the cars they just speed through here. They don't care, we've got little ones around here that are short and nobody sees them. It's just very aggravating," Daggett said.
Building Assistant Scott Moore says speeding has become a real issue in the area.
"I think people are pushing 30 mph or a little over, when they should be at 20 mph or under when they are passing through here," Moore said.
In fact, Moore says speeding has gotten so bad, the school had to move its bus drop off area to the north side of the building.
"That's to stop motorists from passing by buses. Speeding is always a concern," Moore said. "But, buses with the stop arms out, people still aren't realizing that they need to stop and not come through that area where we are loading and unloading students."
As for why drivers speed through the area, Moore says he believes the school blends in with area businesses.
"I don't think people realize that we are in a school district right here, with our school being so close to business areas," Moore said.
Either way, parents hope the new speed trailer will make drivers slow down.
"Take your time, nobody is in that big of a hurry to risk a baby's life," Daggett said.
This speed trailer is only placed at the school temporarily and will be moved to other school zones as problems arise.
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