I live in a neighborhood near Olympia High School and Pioneer Road where many drivers feel it is OK to cut through during rush hour, ignoring “Local Access Only” and “No Thru Traffic” signs. Cutting through saves between one and three minutes of travel time and involves weaving through a narrow, bumpy break in the median or going on the wrong side of the street.
I would like to say thank you to all of the drivers who make the choice to stay on the main roads, not just in my neighborhood but in all school zones. Thank you for transporting yourselves and your children safely in your vehicles and showing by example that ignoring traffic signs is not OK. Thank you for understanding that shaving minutes off your morning commute is not as important as the safety of the many people who are walking (many of whom are unaccompanied elementary school kids).
Thank you for driving 20 mph in the school zones as posted. Thank you for having patience at all of the crosswalks and allotting extra time so all the walkers and bikers can cross safely, and for treating the crossing guards and school staff with respect.
In short, thank you for driving carefully. Life can change in an instant. Our community is valuable. Your effort to keep kids safe is appreciated.