Dangerous drop off: Dorr Elementary parents want drivers to slow down

Dorr Street Elementary sits on a 45 mph road, but drivers must slow down during school pick up and drop off times. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

Dorr Street Elementary is a pre-K through 5th grade school with more than 400 students.

But there's a big problem for many parents when it come time to pick up their kids.

"People are always passing each other and I know you're not supposed to at a certain point, that's where I got hit," said Stephanie Hennessey, a mom of a 4th grader at Dorr.

Cheri Copeland-Shull is the principal at Dorr Street Elementary and is well aware of the proximity of her school to a fast road.

"As a school building that is very close to a 45 mph zone, they do need to respect that 20 mph anytime between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the end of the day and in the morning, 7:45 to 8:30," said Copeland-Shull.

The principal encourages parents who are waiting to show up at a certain time.

"If we could actually have parents come through and stagger their time and not arrive before 2:50, it actually creates a better flow," said Copeland-Shull.

Multiple parents voiced concern over the traffic, and mainly the speed, with which many drivers are taking on this school road.

"I really don't think people take it into account that something serious could happen. They don't think it until it actually happens," said one mom.

"Not only do they speed, they don't obey the rule here where there's no right turn coming into the parking lot...some kid's going to get hit," said another parent.

School officials say they will start taking down license plate numbers of those who continue to speed through the school zone during marked times.

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