The Scotlandville High School area has a high volume of traffic between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Often a few?vehicles disregard the school speed limit. Can something be done?? Also, shouldn’t all schools have flashing lights and sidewalks several blocks to a school for the few children who walk to school?
Baton Rouge police Sgt. Donald Stone said, “The traffic division runs radar daily in schools zones around the city.
“I have informed them of the complaint in reference to Scotlandville High and they are going to address it.”
Ingolf A. Partenheimer, chief traffic engineer for the East Baton Rouge city-parish Department of Public Works said that not all schools have flashing school zone or sidewalks. “This is something that the city-parish has been working on to correct.”
He said that schools that had flashing school zones and no walkers have had them replaced with school signs, and schools that had walkers and no flashing school zone signs have had new flashing school zones signs put up.
Partenheimer said, “The new school zone signs are radio controlled, solar powered and can have different on-off times which can be changed according to the schools’ schedule, thus making the flashing times more appropriate to protecting the school-age walkers and reducing delay to the motorists. This is a phased program due to funding constraints and, as additional funding becomes available, additional flashing school flashers and sidewalks will be installed.”
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