EDITOR: Pleasant Valley Middle School is located on Green Valley Road in the middle of a 55 mph zone. There are signs indicating, “School Zone, 25 mph When Children Are Present.” The school itself is set back from the road with a parking lot and several buildings between the road and any playgrounds.
If there are children on the road walking to or from school or in the crosswalk at the traffic light it is obvious that a driver should slow to 25 mph. During normal school hours, when there are no children in sight or anywhere near the road, should the 25 mph speed limit be observed and enforced?
Recently I have observed a California Highway Patrol officer waiting in this area watching the traffic on Green Valley Road. At the times that I have seen the officer there were no children on the road or in any playground visible from the road although it was during school hours. It appeared that he was waiting for someone to “speed” through the school zone so that he could issue a citation.
This would seem to be a good place for a sign with flashing lights and the warning “when lights are flashing” instead of “when children are present.”
It is not a matter of the 10 seconds saved so much as a reasonably enforceable sign.
El Dorado Hills