Monahans To Establish School Zone After Student Struck By Vehicle 10/29/13
CBS 7 News
October 29, 2013
MONAHANS-For years, the busy street in front of Monahans High School has not been part of a school zone. Now the city is reconsidering, after a vehicle hit a student inside a crosswalk.
The city says it's now taking proactive measures to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Scores of Monahans High School students make their way across the street each day. In the early morning darkness, a vehicle struck one girl, raising questions about safety.
"Monahans High School has never been a school zone,” said Monahans Mayor David Cutbirth.
Starting Nov. 1, the speed limit will be reduced by ten miles-per-hour and school zone signs will be put up. The mayor says a 1970's traffic study said the street was too important to traffic to be a school zone.
"They made a recommendation that it not be a school zone,” said Cutbirth, adding that major retail shops used to line the street. “The need just never seemed to be there.”
The school will put up signs warning drivers of the new speed limit, they will also install lights in what used to be a pitch-black crosswalk in the mornings.
“That light itself was not working,” Cutbirth said, referring to a light about 30 feet away from the crosswalk. “It’s completely dark here at times.”
Parents are grateful for the slowdown.
"I think they should have done it a long time ago, there's a lot of traffic down there and kids need to learn how to drive right,” said Monahans Parent Deann Kelly.
The city is footing the bill for the $3,084 in new signage.