Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5:24 PM by Mia Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 11:21 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Zachary Kolda Elementary School opened it's doors today, and with the new school, came new speed limit signs along an already highly congested stretch of Rodd Field Road due to road construction projects
Drivers will have to slow down from 50 miles an hour to 30 miles an hour from 7:15 to 8:15 in the morning and from 2:45 to 3:45 in the afternoon.
Velia Rossel's son goes to the school and says, "We are concerned because they do drive by really fast down this road. So I think it's a good thing they reduce the speed limit."
Right now, there are temporary school zone signs in the area. Next week they will be replaced by permanent ones.
While the signs may say 30 miles per hour, city officials tell us the speed limit may actually be less than that.
The City Traffic Department will monitor the speed of drivers this week to determine the final school zone speed.
Whitney Gonzalez lives near the new school and says, "I actually think it should be a little bit slower. With so much growth out here, it's kind of a little bit fast."
Officers were out today, warning drivers going to fast of the new school zone speed limit.
Rossel was relieved to see officers talking to speeders, "We do need to have them out here letting other drivers know to slow down because some people don't really know."
But others, like Gonzalez, didn't think a warning was enough.
Gonzalez says, "I think that's a little silly. I think they should get a ticket. It's not the first school zone they have been through. If my child was you know, the victim of getting hit, or almost hit, I would be really upset."
Officers tell us they are being a little lenient this week to let drivers get used to the new signals. But starting next week, if your going faster the 30 in the school zone during the specified hours, you will be paying for it.
Classes just started at the campus today due to a delay in the construction project. The school is named for 23-year-old Marine Corporal Zachary Kolda, a Corpus Christi native, who died on December 1, 2004 while serving in Iraq.
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