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Durham Town Board skeptical of speed limit

Aug 08, 2012 1:57 pm
Susan Campriello writes in The Daily Mail that the speed limit on a stretch of roadway outside Cairo-Durham High School/Middle School will soon be lowered to 45 mph, but Durham town officials believe the reduction is not enough to make safe turning into the school complex. The reduction comes just more than a year after Cairo-Durham student Erika Cook was killed when the vehicle in which she was riding collided with another while turning left into the complex, according to authorities. In June, the town was informed that the speed limit would be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph along a hilly three-mile stretch of Route 145. But Durham Town Supervisor William Carr, Jr. does not think the state Department of Transportation's proposal will alleviate the significant risk that exists at intersection during the brief peak traffic hours at the beginning and end of the school day. He wants the department to create a “flashing light school speed zone” for 1/4 of a mile in either direction of the school complex and that the zone — with a speed limit of 30 mph — be operational during peak periods of traffic. Full details on this story can be found at The Daily Mail.