GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A local school has a brand new school zone after parents and staff members raised concerns about safety in the area.
Signs and crosswalks were installed Thursday on 24 1/2 Road near Caprock Academy -- just days after school leaders met with Grand Junction city transportation staff to discuss ways to improve traffic safety in the area.
"Safety is our top priority for our students," said Kristin Trezise, Headmaster of Caprock Academy.
And it's for that reason, leaders at Caprock Academy turned to the City of Grand Junction for help. Two weeks ago, students and parents could be seen darting across 24 1/2 Road as cars drove by at the posted 45 mph speed limit. Often times they would have to look around or dodge cars parked along the road as they crossed. But Thursday, it was a much different story.
"I think if you would come and see our dropoff and pickup it's very different than what it looked like three weeks ago," said Trezise.
New crosswalks give students and parents a safer way to cross the street. No parking signs along 24 1/2 Road ensure walkers and drivers have a more clear view of the whole road. Police will be enforcing a new 25 mph speed limit through the school zone from 7:15am - 7:50am and 2:55pm - 3:50pm, Monday through Thursday.
"[The City's] response was very quick and we're very appreciative of that," said Trezise
School leaders the improvements, coupled with the fact that parents have now had a few weeks to get used to the dropoff and pickup system there, should help everyone breathe easier.
"It will continue to help us function in a much better way," said Trezise.
Grand Junction Police want to remind drivers they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to speeding in school zones. Penalties for getting caught include:
-Speeding 1-4 mph in a posted school zone: $120.00, 0 points
-Speeding 5-9 mph in a posted school zone: $140.00, 1 point
-Speeding 10-19 mph in a posted school zone: $270.00, 4 points
-Speeding 20+ mph in a posted school zone: Mandatory court appearance, 6 points