The sound of scraping suspensions and the sea of red brake lights can been seen and heard throughout the front of the school.
The official speed limit is 10 mph throughout the lot. The new implementation of the speed bumps are supposed to slow down cars to ensure the safety of everyone driving. There has been significant opposition to the bumps from the day they were put in.
Noah Palmer, a senior, saw and felt the wrath of the bumps on a cold fall Saturday afternoon.
“One time I was coming in under the speed limit unaware that the speed bumps were there, as they were put in the day before I actually went over there,” said Palmer. “They were not painted yet and when I hit them I’m pretty sure my suspension blew up.”
The bumps have also caused some issues driving over them. Though many oppose them, the speed bumps were set in place because of safety concerns and excessive speeding.
“On occasion I would say people were doing over 40 mph, leaving or coming in,” said Principal Kelly. “It was a safety-driven decision.”
With these new bumps, Principal Kelly hopes students, staff, parents, and visitors will slow down when driving in the parking lot. However, some students feel their car and they aren’t made for these speed bumps.
“I feel like my dreams are being crushed every single morning as I drive in, its just bump after bump,” said Andrew Denny, “My suspension just isn’t built for this.”
Students and their cars aren’t made for this kind of pain. It’s a suspension’s worst nightmare to see the sign “Speed Bumps.”
“We haven’t had any accidents beforehand, and I don’t really see the reason for the speed bumps,” said Denny. “Kids were being safe, there isn’t really people walking across the streets or going over to the salvage yard.”
Only one person in the school will have the final say on the speed bumps. Bruce Kelly faced many questions about the motive for implementing the speed bumps.
“It was a combination of factors, it began with parents sending me messages, emails or phone calls about the rate of speed down the straight away in front of the school,” said Kelly, “This summer I noticed that the visitors in the building, that became similar to a race track or a raceway out there with the high rate of speed of people leaving and coming into the building.”
Principal Kelly is in charge of everyone’s safety and the speed bumps were put in to ensure that. He doesn’t want any accidents or injuries because of speeding. So in order to prevent this, speed bumps were the best option.
“If the speed bumps would even prevent one accident or one injury or one collision then it would be worth it,” said Kelly, “the sign that is posted on the entrance of our school, no one is adhering to a 10 mph speed limit, the sign isn’t an effective way to reduce speed.”
Since most students don’t favor his decision, Kelly isn’t receiving the most positive feedback, but popularity wasn’t his goal.
“I wasn’t looking for overwhelming praise or thank you’s, it was a safety concern for me,” said Kelly. “I’m in charge of the safety and welfare for everybody in the building.”
Traffic is also a major problem at the school, cars get backed up all the way to the back parking spots. It may look and feel like traffic has gotten worse, but Kelly doesn’t think anything has changed.
“I haven’t noticed any difference with respect to the timing cycle of the light, I don’t believe the speed bumps limit or help more cars exit the parking lot than before,” said Kelly. “People have to be patient, there is only one way out.”
The bumps are here to stay, so everyone will need to adapt to their presence. They enhance safety and reduce excessive speed, and though the speed bumps may be unpopular among people, the decision was made to ensure the welfare of everyone in the building.