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Speeders, wrong-way drivers an issue outside St. Louis County elementary school

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A car was clocked going 44 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour school zone outside Jury Elementary (Credit: KMOV) A car was clocked going 44 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour school zone outside Jury Elementary (Credit: KMOV)
A vehicle heading into Jury Elementary School the wrong direction (Credit: KMOV) A vehicle heading into Jury Elementary School the wrong direction (Credit: KMOV)

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Are children in danger in the school zone? A parent in the Hazelwood School District contacted News 4 after seeing drivers speeding and breaking traffic laws in front of a Hazelwood School District elementary school.

Earlier this week, News 4 spent three hours armed with a radar speed gun outside Jury Elementary School to see how dangerous it is in front of the school, along Old Halls Ferry. One car was clocked going 44 miles per hour and another was speeding at 38 miles per hour in the 25 miles per hour school zone. A school bus was even seen going about 7 miles over the posted speed limit.

“They need to slow down and think about how the kids are going to cross the street,” said Chris Conely, a concerned parent. “If that was your kid, and your kids almost got hit, what would you think?”

As News 4’s cameras were rolling, a school worker turned in the school’s one-way driveway going the wrong direction. Another driver was seen using the middle turn lane to pass.

Parents said incidents like this happen all too often outside the school, including during drop off and pick off times.

School officials said they have known about the issues for a while and admitted the concern has picked up recently.

“We have a number of increased riders so the traffic on Old Halls Ferry Road does seem to get a little congested during arrival and dismissal,” said Kimberly McKenzie, director of communications for the Hazelwood School District. “So, we have been working with the building principal, director of safety and security, and director of transportation, as well as some of our parents to try to solve the problem.”

McKenzie said safety for staff and students is the district’s number one priority.

The St. Louis County Police Department said since the area in front of the school is a two-lane road and there is a small school parking lot issues like this will happen. They wanted to remind drivers to use caution near all school zones.

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