Parents concerned over lack of school zone signs
Drivers in one part of the Valley may have no idea they are passing a school. That's because there are no school zone signs out in front of the building, and some parents want to know why.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Drivers in one part of the Valley may have no idea they are passing a school. That's because there are no school zone signs out in front of the building, and some parents want to know why.
"It's a very small school," said parent Beth O'Bannon. "It's all small kids."
O'Bannon drives her two daughters to Imagine School at Mountain View, a state-funded charter school on Rochelle Avenue near Buffalo Drive.
"There's too many fatalities going on everywhere, and especially here," said O'Bannon about Valley roads in general. "Even in marked, lighted, flashing light crosswalks, people are getting hit."
O'Bannon said she tried to find out why there aren't any school zone signs in front, but couldn't get a clear answer. That's when she emailed Action News.
Action News asked parents and drivers if signs would make a difference.
"Yes, because I notice them if they're flashing and I make an effort to slow down," said O'Bannon.
The school has about 340 students in kindergarten through third grade. Other parents said the signs could at least remind drivers of a school nearby.
"I think it would insure the safety of the children and the drivers in general," said parent Yesham Korkmaz.
The speed limit on Rochell is 25 miles per hour, but parents said drivers don't always follow the posted speed.
So who decided where the signs go? The placement of school zone signs in county jurisdictions is decided on a case-by-case basis, said County Spokesman Dan Kulin.
The county did not require the signs when the school first opened about a year and a half ago, so planners did not request them, said Tom Stackhouse, facilities construction developer for Imagine Schools. The school is in a residential area and most students are dropped off by their parents.
An Imagine administrator told Action News the school is not opposed to such signs, but there are no plans to request any at this time.