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Traffic Moves Too Fast in Los Gatos Along Blossom Hill Road in the School Zones

Date: Jun. 1, 2010
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Sign alerting motorists that a school zone is present and a reminder to slow to 25 mph on Blossom Hill RoadLos Gatos, it's time to slow down.  In school zones, I mean. 

Each day I travel along Blossom Hill Road at least once, if not multiple times, and along that path I traverse two school zones (Blossom Hill Elementary and Fisher Middle School).  In those areas, when kids are present, the traffic is supposed to slow to 25 mph.

What I'm seeing is that as some drivers lower their speed, others simply pass and speed up - back to the 35 or 40 they were doing prior to the school zone - even if children are out side, on the sidewalk or walking home from school. 

Most likely, the drivers speeding up do not realize that the driver ahead has slowed due to the school zone - even if the lights are blinking and the electronic sign is flashing that their speed is 35 or 40. I doubt that it's intentional, but it is happening.

What does the DMV say?

"When driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Also, if the school grounds have no fence and children are outside, never drive faster than 25 mph."

School crossing signThis suggests that the speed limit of 25 only applies when students are out of doors, not inside the classroom. Unfortunately, the school zone signage and flashing lights seem to be on most the time, and that may make drivers somewhat immune to the message to slow down since it may be on when the situation doesn't apply.

We have a wonderful police department in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, but they cannot be in every school's neighborhood all day long.  If drivers ahead of you slow in an area near a school, be extra attentive - look around to see if children are present out of doors.  If so, please slow down.

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