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January 27, 2009

Signs will record drivers' speed in school zone

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The goal isn't so much to write tickets as it is to change driving habits of those who ignore the normal speed warnings.

Recent studies show the difference between driving 20 mph and 30 mph in a school zone can literally mean life or death in an accident with a pedestrian, the chief said.

"If you have a vehicle versus a pedestrian at 30 mph, the likelihood of death is 45 percent of time. At 20 mph, it's 5 percent of time," Roark said. "So right there, if you could get people to slow down, if we do have an incident there, we have better likelihood for survival."

Likewise, the slower speed of 20 mph allows drivers to make a full stop when a pedestrian is spotted 50 feet away, he said. That can't be done at 30 mph, he said.

The installation of the sign was done by Pelham electrician Don Sturtevant of D.E.M. Electric.

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