Denton County drivers rank among worst in school zone

Denton-Denton County drivers have received an “F” ranking by a school zone driving study conducted by a cell phone app called Zendrive. The app uses driving data from the user’s smartphone sent out by sensors from the device that identifies the driver’s pattern as well as offering driving tips to the user.

With school zone safety being an important topic around the nation, many residents and parents of students who attend grade schools in the city of Denton notice drivers not slowing down on a constant basis.

“The hill coming up to my driveway, we see drivers really going fast there,” resident and parent, Jennifer Calfee said. “Almost like they don’t know that its a school zone, even though the school is right there.”

Calfee has lived in the school zone across the street from Lee Elementary in Denton ISD for 15 years and constantly witnesses drivers throwing caution to the wind while driving.

“We see a lot of people flying down the road, and a lot of times on their phones or very distracted,” Calfee said.

With dangerous driving habits in school zones on the rise, according to the Denton Police spokesperson, Shane Kizer, says the police department has officers patrolling school zones on a regular basis.

“We actively patrol, run radar, do a lot of conspicuous patrol where people can see us and hopefully just seeing us will help them slow down,” Kizer said.

Even though Officer Kizer says the patrolling of school zones is an active duty, Calfee says she does not see the Denton PD overlooking school zones on a regular basis throughout the school year.

“At the beginning of the year we might for a few days during the first couple of weeks, but not regularly,” Calfee said.

Out of 19 schools in Denton ISD, only five schools have school zones signs that have lights on them that flash during the school zone time to signify to drivers that they need to slow down.

“I think that different signs and more police presence will really help,” Calfee said. “Lights would help, and I think even a bigger sign with the times of the school zone or flashing light during that time I think would help tremendously,”

While better signage in school zones could help solve the issue, Officer Kize suggests for drivers to stay off of their cell phones, pay attention to their surroundings, and also look out and adhere to signs that are in the area.

For drivers that are caught driving distracted or speeding through a school zone, the fines could amount up to $200.

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