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Why a crossing guard will suggest Charlottesville’s City Council install speed cameras near schools

Adrienne Dent, a substitute crossing guard for Charlottesville City Schools, is advocating on behalf of her colleagues for the city to better enforce speed limits around schools. “It is our hope that, when new signs indicating camera enforcement go up, drivers will truly slow down,” she writes.

by Adrienne Dent

Next Monday, I’ll appear before City Council to represent the Charlottesville City Schools crossing guards to appeal for a pilot program to enforce speed limits by camera.

It’s a new intervention legalized by the Virginia General Assembly in 2020. We hope to pilot three critical high traffic, high speed and high risk areas: one at Clark Elementary, soon to be officially renamed “Summit,” one at Buford Middle School on Cherry Avenue, and also at yet-to-be-renamed Johnson Elementary.

See it from our perspective. At Buford on Cherry Avenue, vehicles tear up the hill from Roosevelt Brown Boulevard. From the crossing post just over the crest of the hill, you hear the engines engaging hard before you see the hood. Does the digital sign facing those oncoming cars, the one that flashes “Your Speed Is __,” encourage folks to accelerate faster? From the other direction toward Fry’s Spring, cars often cruise past the flashing school zone sign without slowing down.

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