Monday, July 13, 2015

Reduced School Zone Speed Limits

The Times- Standard reports on efforts to reduce speed limits near county schools to 15 mph. This first came out as reducing them to 10 mph. I reported here earlier Rex Bohn told me it was 15 as opposed to 10. He got that right, but he got it wrong that only two schools would be affected. According to the Times- Standard ten schools are targeted. 

In fairness to Rex Bohn, there's only two letters difference between two and ten. I suppose that could be an easy mistake to make.

"People (were) walking across the street with their children in a crosswalk almost getting hit time and time again,” Weiss said.".

I don't buy that for a minute. That's not to say there aren't near accidents but, if someone is nearly getting hit as they claim, it's probably because they're not paying enough attention. Reducing the speed limit will likely just make them feel safer, less attentive and more prone to close calls. 

It looks like the Natural Resources Services Division of the Redwood Community Action Agency is one of the major players in this solution in search of a problem. I've added them to my shit list.


At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your comments make no sense. Are you saying reducing speed limits doesn't increase safety? A reduced speed results in a decreased reaction time which means if someone steps out in front of you you are more likely to be able to come to a stop. WHy do you always go off half-cocked about things instead of really understanding the issue?

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

The current speed limits near schools work fine. We have no epidemic of accidents near schools. Only two pedestrian vs. vehicle collisions near schools come to mind in as long as I can remember. In one, a kid was laying in the street at night out in front of Mckinleyville High School.

The other was H street in Eureka where someone failed to stop after cars in two other lanes stopped. Fortunately, the girl barely got hit. I don't think we need a 15 mph speed limit on H Street, although I'm aware that some would recommend that.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Julie Timmons said...

Just witnessing the crazy way people drive in front of the Zoo where crosswalks are routinely ignored by both pedestrians AND drivers, I am amazed we don't have more fatalities.


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