Jenkins City Council concerned about speeding in school zones

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

JENKINS, Ky (WYMT) - Officials in one eastern Kentucky city are worried about speeders.

The issue was brought up at this week's Jenkins city council meeting.

Posted signs remind drivers that the speed limit through downtown Jenkins is 25 miles per hour, but city council members have noticed lately it's not always being followed.

"As people get more comfortable with the roads they drive faster, so lately we have seen more instances where people are driving too fast on Highway 805," said Council Member Chuck Anderson.

In fact, police say they are seeing an increase in car crashes due to speed, and the downtown area is a key example of where an major accident could occur.

"You have small children, you have kids riding bicycles, you have elderly people walking across the street going from business to business," said Jenkins Police Chief Thomas Allen Bormes.

One of the main concerns is in front of the elementary school. Police say despite the lower speed limit before and after school, people continue to speed.

"You have buses going into the school, children getting out of cars and going into the school building, people slowing down to make the turn into the school," said Chief Bormes.

Chuck Anderson is also a parent who worries about speeders in school zones.

"I take my son to school several mornings, and I see people driving at maximum speed or more," said Anderson.

There are police on duty in school zones before and after school, and the council is looking to add speed detectors that will tell drivers how fast they are going.

The police chief says they only have one officer on duty per shift, so he says it's hard to enforce the speed limits full time.

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