School Safety Zone at La Quinta High School
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CREATED Apr. 25, 2013
LA QUINTA - Police and school administrators are doing what they can to enforce the school safety zone at one of the most congested intersections in the Valley- Dune Palms Road and Blackhawk Way.
"We do our best to have motor officers to enforce any kind of you know violations that we see, myself and then there's security for the school," says Rebecca Smith.
Smith is assigned to La Quinta High School as it's resource officer. She says traffic can be a nightmare for some drivers when students are getting of school.
"Our school has a little bit more congestion because we have a construction zone nearby and other schools in the area that release pretty close to the same time," says Smith. She says the heavy traffic is actually a good thing because this forces drivers to go slower, not faster. This way, they are respecting the 25-mile-per-hour zone.
"It makes it a little bit safer because you can't get the high speeds that some of the places can," says Smith.
But for one resident in the area, the intersection right in front of the school on Dune Palms Road and Blackhawk Way is still not a safe place. "Kids just have a tendency to walk right in front of you. Parents will do u-turns without regard for anybody else as well as those of us living in the neighborhood," says Tjuana Jewel.
Officer smith says major accidents can be avoided by both the drivers and students, if they just pay attention to the road.
"Stay off cellphones, arrange a time and place where you're going to pick up your children ahead of time so that way there's no confusion and there's already a time and place," says Smith.
La Quinta Police says there has been no major, life-threatening accidents at the intersection on Dune Palms Road and Blackhawk Way, but drivers and students should still be cautious on a school safe zone.