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Carl Delta: Why doesn’t NHS area have reduced speed limits?

To the editor:

School will be starting soon and I am perplexed that the area of Northampton High School isn’t a reduced speed school zone. I go down Elm and North Elm frequently and I have seen a number of near misses. Vehicles often exceed the relatively high speed limits besides.

I am aware of at least four people that have been hit by cars there, including a teacher, and I’m sure there are ones I don’t know about. Apparently the powers that be think that high-schoolers must be so smart and savvy that they are beyond getting a school zone. But just down the road we see Smith College students, who are supposed to represent some of smartest college students in the U.S., get a number of safety-related tools like raised crosswalks, reduced speeds and lights to help them out.

I think most of us are often shocked, surprised and miffed by the lack of care by those students crossing the street there. Seems we expect our high school students to be better with a lot less. At least a reduction of speed in that area would help.

Carl Delta


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