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Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:00 am

As far as Laili Komenda knows, no Smith Valley student has ever been struck by a car while crossing the street by the school. But the new principal worries it’s only a matter of time before an accident happens.

Some children cross U.S. 2 to reach the school. Others get dropped off at the convenience store across the street and must cross Batavia Lane to get to Smith Valley School.

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          3 comments:

          • Garyt posted at 5:22 pm on Mon, Nov 15, 2010.

            Garyt Posts: 25

            From my experience with the MDT someone has to be killed before they do anything. When I was living in Bozeman there was a couple of fast-food places across from the high school so kids would cross during lunch breaks. 3 kids died before they put a light there. I've also tried to get them to put up a left-turn light on 93 south by Culligans cause it's dangerous to try to get across the highway. They told me that traffic doesn't justify the light. So we need to keep up the pressure and hope no-one gets killed before the light gets put up.

             
          • Partyer posted at 8:39 am on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

            Partyer Posts: 685

            We need another crosswalk on Reserve Loop near GHS, also. Every day I see kids trying to cross four lanes of traffic. It doesn't help to stop for them, in fact it makes it worse, if drivers in other lanes zoom right around you.

             
          • moijaka posted at 6:20 pm on Wed, Nov 10, 2010.

            moijaka Posts: 5

            A radar patrol car seems to be a good deterrent at problem school zones. People understand speeding tickets better than safety for school zones !! People ease up on the throttle a little bit.......or leave 10 seconds earlier !!
            That's about all the time you'll lose on your trip if slow up and maybe even save somebodys' life. Just my opinion.

             

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