12 On Your Side: Mother worries about school zone sign

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A mother was ticketed for driving too fast in a school zone but her main concern is not the ticket. She worries other drivers may not see the school zone sign either.

Alison Paschall has been driving her children to and from school for nearly two decades.

"Before I let them out, I make sure cars are stopped in front and behind me," she said.

The mother of five prides herself on being a safe driver and has a nearly spotless record to prove it -- until a week ago.

"Looked up in my mirror and there was a motorcycle cop signaling for me to pull over," Paschall said.

The deputy stopped her on Sand Bar Ferry Road.

"He said I was in a school zone and it was 30 mile per hour," she said.

Paschall says she had no idea she was speeding because she could not read the full sign. She was on a four-lane road and couldn't see from the far left lane.

"When it's a four-lane road like that and you are in that inside lane, you you can not see that sign," she said.

Paschall believed she was driving the correct speed limit and it was past school hours. She was stopped after nine in the morning. The sign shows the school hours end at 9:30 a.m.

She worries other drivers may not see the sign, either.

"If cars do not know they are suppose to pull back to 30 miles per hour, we have a danger of a child running out in front of a car," she said.

"We will certainly addresses it with traffic engineers," said Cpt. Scott Gay with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Gay says engineers will be going out to reevaluate the sign and make a decision on whether a flashing light is needed in that school zone.

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