Drivers warned over new Frank Sound school zone

| 11/06/2012

school_zone (1) (275x300).jpg(CNS): Drivers are being alerted to the creation of a new school zone along Frank Sound Road in North Side in preparation for the opening of the new Clifton Hunter campus. The National Roads Authority (NRA) will start work this week on the zone to accommodate school traffic and ensure the safety of students when the school opens at the end of August. The school zone will include a 970 ft turning lane as well as the smoothing of the kink in the road to allow for better visibility.  “School zones are an essential safety feature at our schools," said NRA Transportation Planner Marion Pandohie.

“It is designed primarily to slow down traffic, giving drivers more time to recognize and react to situations requiring slowing, stopping or evasive action,” the NRA official added.

A school zone begins at the School Speed 15 MPH when flashing sign and ends at the End School Zone sign. 

“With the school opening, the Frank Sound Road will also see an increase in traffic. In this regards, lower speed limits on the surrounding roads will increase safety of students and parents, especially at pick up and drop off times,” Pandohie explained.

The new school zones were set in place in coordination with the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture, the police and the schools. The project is set to be completed prior to the school’s opening.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Change it to 25mph from the time you get on Frank Sound road by the boat ramp going north until you enter the Botanic Park, at least.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wish people would adhere to the speed limit in the current school zones. I drive  by the Savannah Primary School on the way to work everyday, and people are using the turning lane as a speeding lane in order to overtake traffic in the far left lane.  It is ridiculous, and I wish that persons would realise that the school zone is there for a reason as rightly stated by Marion.

    • Fedup says:

      If you want to live in a country where they follow rules your in the wrong place.

    • Anonymous1 says:

      Just FYI if you look at the markings in the road the right lane isn't actually a turning lane it is just another lane although I think a turning lane would be a good idea here.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Maybe you should also look at the bus situation and how the warning lights dont work properly

    as well as the bus drivers dont know how to use them .

    Furthermore your local drivers have no respect for school zones or that they need to stop for school buses letting kids off …

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree. Local drivers have no respect for school zones. And before anyone makes a negative comment to say that this comment is being posted by a foreigner, I am very much Caymanian and I am disgusted by the lack of regard that drivers show for the school zones. In the US, police officers often park by school zones to ensure that the speed limit is being enforced.  I know that some people out there will say that it would be a waste of resources to have police presence in the school zones here, but I'm sure that no one would think that it would be a waste of resources after a child is mowed down by one of the many speeders in the school zone.  I think that police presence in the school zones would cause speeders to slow down. Until we can see that, people, please slow down for the sake of the children.

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree but what has your nationality got to do with it?

      • Anonymous says:

        To Anonymous Mon. 6/11/2012 22:42                  Do  you  mean only Caymanian drivers or drivers on local roads in general?                                                    

    • noname says:

      The police are supposed to park near the school and school zone looking out for speeders using a speedometer.  No excuse. I'm sure the Comm of Police will dispatch Police to the schools ensure our children are safe. If there are schools that have no police ensuring the safety of students from reckless speeders, then you should report this publicly to put RCIP and the Comm of police on notice.


    • Anonymous says:

      I think the buses in general need to be a bit more organised to help with traffic.  They currently stop way too often and sometimes sit outside the kids houses with their lights on while the kids aren't even outside waiting so I can somewhat understand why sometimes they are ignored.  Can't say the same for the school zones, just need more enforcement but that applies to all traffic laws not just the school zones…