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McKitrick Elementary students need safe crossings

Keep crossings safe for students

Someone is not looking both ways on the safety of Hillsborough County students crossing to schools.

With all the schools on Lutz-Lake Fern Road, public and private, why are there no crosswalks, crossing guards, traffic signals, turning lane or supervision by Hillsborough County sheriff's personnel?

If you are not aware of the traffic situation around McKitrick Elementary at 7:30 every morning, do not be curious enough to find out on your own.

Traffic on this road starts to back up for miles at 7 a.m., and that traffic includes Mack trucks on their way to work on the new Steinbrenner High School. Complicate that with all 1,000 students trying to get into the circle for elementary school drop- off. Add a few folks who are trying to get to work who now drive down the center of the road right in front of McKitrick. Parents are parking in the grass across from the school and walking across the road.

Yes, it's a 20 mph school zone. That law applies sometimes.

One sign in each direction tells drivers to slow down, but some folks just need to get past that zone so they can speed up. I witnessed a deputy, who was parked across the road, pulling over a women doing at least 40 mph past children and parents crossing.

The Hillsborough County transportation department should be reminded of the deaths that occurred only last year with children crossing unattended streets.

Please keep our children safe. We will need them to lead our country in the future.

Deanna E. Fox, Cheval

McKitrick Elementary students need safe crossings 08/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 2:14pm]
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