Kids at risk because of speeding, according to Richmond father

Kids at risk because of speeding, according to Richmond father

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A father of a sixth grader at Lucille Brown Middle School in Richmond says the road where the school is located is dangerous because of speeding drivers.

One of the roads where Lucille Brown Middle School sits is Blakemore Road.

Keith Bailey says that he walks his son to school up Westower Drive and crosses the street at Blakemore Road. Bailey said he often fears for his and his son's life and other students who walk to school because he says, a lot of drivers are speeding above the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit.

"Someone is going to get hit. A young kid is going to get hit," Bailey said.

Bailey says there is not enough to warn speeding drivers that kids are crossing. He also says there is a blind spot on one part of Blakemore Road.

Currently, there is a flashing school zone sign with 25-mile-per hour speeds, school pavement messages, school crossing assembly signs with diagonal arrows and two marked pedestrian crosswalks.

Bailey doesn't think that's enough. He is asking the city for a flashing beacon light next to the crosswalk. He also thinks this area would benefit from a crossing guard and he thinks students would be safer with more sidewalk space on the other side of Blakemore.

The city responded to Bailey by saying they reviewed the intersection of Blakemore and Westower. Blakemore has the following traffic control devices on both approaches to Westower:

  • Flashing school zone signs with 25mph speeds
  • School pavement messages
  • School crossing assembly signs with diagonal arrows
  • Marked pedestrian crosswalks

These devices are adequate for this location. The rectangular rapid flashing beacon that you requested is normally reserved for streets with many more pedestrian crossings per hour as well as vehicles per hour than exists at Blakemore. At this time we only have four installations city-wide."

The city says at this time there are no plans to install additional traffic control devices.

Police say since 2014 there have been six crashes on Blakemore Road, none of which occurred at the intersection of Blakemore and Westower Drive.

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