Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What constitutes a "School Zone?"

Today is the funeral for Melissa Tindell, a 13 year-old who died trying to save a kitten at a bus stop in Panama City, Florida. See:


One thought that crosses my mind as I consider the Melissa's death is that we most often think of school zones as encompassing areas immediately around a school itself. Bus stops for pick-up and drop-off of children challenge us to extend our definition of what constitutes a school zone. Shouldn't we also consider that any school bus stop also be included as a "School Zone," giving it a specific designation when it comes to speed and all around driver attention, at the very least during pick-up and drop-off hours? Your comments are welcome.


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