Parents Question School Speeding Limit

The 50 mph road Hunte Parkway runs along school property

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    NBC 7 reporter Nicole Gonzales takes a look at an unusually high speeding limit near High Tech High in Chula Vista.

    Traffic engineers will investigate the speed limit near High Tech High School in Chula Vista following concerns from parents that the speed limit is too high.

    The 50 mph road Hunte Parkway runs along school property without the usual reduced speed zone that are seen at most neighborhood schools.

    Parents told NBC 7 a slower speed limit certainly wouldn't hurt, and some people would like it reduced to 25 mph.

    “With kids around, it's always better to go slow,” said Latanya Lockett. “Even in here it's like hold on a second.  People are in such a hurry.”

    According to this safety commission report, the Chula Vista City Council established the 50 mph speed limit in 2011, four years after the K-12 school was built. The city says it based its decision on the engineering report, which took the school into account.

    But amid concerns, the city released this statement saying:
     "…we will have our traffic engineers investigate the signage and traffic conditions around the school. We will follow up in a week or two to let you know what has been determined and any actions we will take."
     

    A slower speed limit would be a welcome change for some parents at the school, who say the street is probably more dangerous now that there's so much development nearby.

    “Everything is so new here and it used to be nothing and now all of a sudden… you wouldn't know that tucked over here is a little school,” said Lockett.

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