Every once in while somebody mentions school zones, and I get pissed off. In order to avoid hijacking anybody's thread, I'm making my own.
Maybe I'll make this my School Zone Manifesto or something.
Speed-reduced school zones should be eliminated. Furthermore, they should be made entirely illegal. They prevent children from learning about proper road safety.
Our children need to know that all roadways are dangerous for pedestrians and THEY NEED TO BE CAREFUL AND ALERT NEAR ROADS! In the real world, cars do not crawl down the street. They drive at appropriate speeds for cars, and if you play in the road, they will collide with you and kill you. No car has ever lost a high speed conflict with a human.
Students who are too young to begin learning about road safety should NEVER be left alone to wander into the street. Students who are old enough to learn about road safety need to see that cars are big, cars are hard, and cars move quickly. They should get used to conducting themselves safely around roads. A high school student who is still not able to understand about road safety is severely mentally retarded and should be supervised at all times by people who are not retarded.