My friend at The Glamorous Life of a Hausfrau wrote a post about people disregarding the slower speed limits in school zones and speeding through them with little regard for the children (or the adults who protect them.) She reminded me of a situation we had here in Raleigh some years ago.
At the entrance to my neighborhood before the stoplight was installed, people attempting to go straight across or turn left were taking their lives in their hands. Traffic wasn't heavy, but it was steady, and no one ever slowed down enough to let cars cross over. A member of our HOA contacted the NCDOT in hopes of getting a light installed, and he was given umpteen reasons why that was not a good idea....not enough traffic in the area, lights cost too much, etc. They would not budge - until - a car full of teens on their way to school got T-boned and one died.
That HOA member again called the head of the NCDOT and was given the same song and dance about lights costing too much ($30K at that time) and then the HOA guy said..."Do you have children, Mr. ______?" And when he said yes, the guy asked him...."Then how can you tell any parent that the life of their child is not worth $30k?" Guess what? We got our light.
I would surely hate to think that a child is going to have to be killed at that school before the authorities do something to slow down the speeders!