08/24/09 190 W, 1 I - + 11 - 4 Drivers Can't Trust School-Zone Signs

In the wake of last weeks' incident involving a six-year-old child struck and killed after exiting a school bus on North Hills Drive on Wednesday, news stories have been examining aspects of the accident. The age of the 83-year-old driver has been a frequently topic, and revived discussions of upper-age limits for driving. Another issue, the time of the accident, is featured in today's News & Observer. The paper reports on the Wake County School System's new early release policy, which requires that all students be sent home an hour early on Wednesdays. Additionally, they're kept another 10 minutes in most schools, the other four days of the week. Thus, all existing school zone signs list the wrong times, when motorists must slow down for students coming and going to school. In Cary, the changes are not a problem, as the town relies on signal lights instead of signs. They can be reprogrammed. In Raleigh, which has 109 of the county's 159 schools, the changes aren't as easily solved. The city is mulling its options. Read the article to learn more.

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