Join the FIGHT for Posted School Zone Signs & Speed limits BEFORE someone gets hurt! @NAIS

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Join the FIGHT for Posted School Zone Signs & Speed limits BEFORE someone gets hurt! @NAIS

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Jennifer Simon started this petition to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and

Nazareth Area Intermediate School, located at 355 Tatamy Rd in Nazarth currently houses grades 4 - 6.  During morning drop off and afternoon pick ups at the school, there is a significant amount of traffic on the road, some of which is parents taking their kids to school... while others are simply trying to access the new 33 Tatamy ramp to get to their destination. There are NO LIGHTS, NO POSTED SCHOOL ZONE SIGNS, NO SPEED LIMIT SIGNS SHOWING "15 mph: school zones during arrival and departure times" which is required by the PA Law. As a matter of fact, the posted speed limit in the area is 45mph.

Each and every time a person makes a left out of the school driveway, they are taking a RISK! Driver visibility is extremely impeded based on the line of traffic turning into the school,  While all the cars are lining up in the turning lane and beyond to turn LEFT into the school, it is near impossible to see the people speeding by in the right lane passing the school at 45 mph. I personally had a near miss just two days ago when I was making a left out of the school onto Tatamy Road.

In front of KBES (one of Nazareth's Elementary Schools) there are flashing signs and a reduced speed limit in front of the school that reduces speed to 15 MPH during school designated hours. Why isn’t this also the case at Nazareth Area Intermediate School? Traffic has INCREASED exponentially with the addition of the Tatamy Exit on 33, yet there have been no changes to the infrastructure in front of the school OR reduced speed limit signs to get people to SLOW down!

The schools response to my concern was dismissive at best who in turn advised the answer is for parents to "be cautious!" and follow up with PennDot. WHY MUST WE WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO GET HURT! Why are the rules set fourth in § 212.501 NOT adhered to for Nazareth Area Intermediate School? 

Please sign this petition so we can get the changes we need for a safe drop off and pick up process!!!

§ 212.501. School zone speed limits.
 (a)  Establishment. A 15 miles per hour school zone speed limit may be established in a school zone during the normal hours that walking students are arriving at or leaving school, under 75 Pa.C.S. §  3365(b) (relating to special speed limitations).

   (1)  To establish a school zone, local authorities shall be responsible to prepare and submit a drawing showing the locations where students walk along or across roadways that are adjacent to school property, the hours that students are going to or from school and the proposed limits for the school zone to the Department for approval.

   (2)  The Department is responsible for approving the establishment of all school zones, including the locations and hours of operation, except local authorities shall be responsible for approving school zones at the following locations:

     (i)   On local highways when the municipality has received municipal traffic engineering certification under Chapter 205 (relating to municipal traffic engineering certification).

     (ii)   On State-designated highways when the municipality has entered into an agreement with the Department thereby transferring to the local authorities the authority to install traffic-control devices without specific Department approval.

     (iii)   On highways in cities of the first and second class, except not on expressways.

   (3)  The duration of a 15 miles per hour school zone speed limit should be only long enough to include the time that walking students routinely arrive at or leave school.

 (b)  Posting. A school zone speed limit shall be posted on official traffic-control devices as follows:

   (1)  At the beginning of the school zone speed limit, one of the following signs or groups of signs shall be posted either on the right side of the roadway or over the roadway:

     (i)   A Speed Limit Sign (R2-1) with the appropriate school zone speed limit, with a School Panel (S4-3) mounted above the Speed Limit Sign (R2-1) and a When Flashing Sign (S4-4) mounted below the Speed Limit Sign (R2-1), with two flashing speed limit sign beacons.

     (ii)   A Speed Limit Sign (R2-1) with the appropriate school zone speed limit, with a School Panel (S4-3) mounted above the Speed Limit Sign (R2-1) and a Restricted Hours Panel (R10-20A) mounted below the Speed Limit Sign (R2-1).

     (iii)   A School Speed Limit When Flashing Sign with a blank-out ‘‘15’’ and flashers as illustrated in the Traffic Signal Design Handbook (Department Publication 149M).

   (2)  An End School Zone Sign (S5-2) shall be posted on the right side of the roadway to define the end of the school zone speed limit.

   (3)  The limits of a school zone may extend beyond the school property lines to improve the sight distance or to encompass a school crosswalk, except that the length of the zone may not be greater than 1,600 feet.

 

 

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