When Jennifer Boothroyd began driving a route that took her south on Main Street and then to Ward Parkway, she didn’t know about the school zone near St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School at 4041 Main.
The flashing school zone marker is at the top of a hill, near some lush trees, she said, and no one would notice it unless they already knew it was there. Another sign for this zone is also blocked by trees, Boothroyd said.
After getting a speeding ticket there, she goes the school zone speed limit, but she said she gets abuse from other drivers for doing so. She would like the city to put up a more visible sign and make sure trees are not blocking the signs.
The sign might be considered obstructed from a distance, said Sean Demory, spokesman for the Kansas City Public Works Department, but is visible “as one approached at the legal speed limit.”
Demory also said that the city has received no complaints about the visibility of the sign and that staffers check school zone signs regularly.
However, the tree trimmers at the Parks and Recreation Department have been alerted to pay special attention to this area.
The Watchdog says he has been caught in a similar traffic ticket machine, aka school zone, but those frisky pups need to stay safe.
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