Ecole Central PAC president looking for solution to speeding drivers

After looking for solutions in the community for almost a year, a local woman has brought the stories of speeding drivers near Ecole Central Elementary School to City Council — hoping she can help slow them down.

She wrote a letter to Council, which was discussed on Monday afternoon.

” Since my children began attending the school two years ago, I have heard story after story about the safety on the two main streets adjacent to the school,” wrote Sara Parsons, president of Ecole Central Elementary School’s PAC, in a letter to council.

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Parsons said a common scenario that happens involves traffic coming off of the highway going north along 102nd Street.

“They don’t notice the school zone sign and travel full speed. They hit the 4-way stop at 99th Avenue and then do a rolling stop on their way to 100th Avenue,” she wrote. “Meanwhile students are attempting to safely cross the street. I have had two very close calls myself where vehicles almost didn’t stop in time.”

Councillor Byron Stewart said he drives the route daily, and attests to the amount of traffic described.

“There is a lot of traffic now on 102 street,” he said. “I think it is something that … we need a reminder that some of these trucks need to slow down.”

The letter says that the school zone speed limit sign is located in the yard of a private residence and is surrounded by trees and not very visible — and drivers miss it.

Councillors agreed that something like a flashing light near the school could draw more attention to the fact that drivers are in a school zone — where the speed limit is 30 km/hour from 8 AM to 5 PM.

City Manager Dianne Hunter said City Council will prepare a report for staff regarding the issue at hand and what the best solution is.

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