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Portland (Maine) High School Parents Urge City to Deal with School Safety Issues – Traffic and Student Pedestrians

By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Areas near schools and school bus areas can become quite congested during morning and afternoon hours. When there is a high concentration of children, there are dangers in high traffic areas. In Portland, Maine, parents of high school students are quite concerned about the safety of their children. Parents as well as high school principal (Michael Johnson) are urging city officials to mark off areas as a school zone so that drivers are mandated by law to slow down in the area near the high school. City officials, according to a story posted at The Forecaster Newspaper website, claim that the street in question (Cumberland Avenue) is a state road and as such there are limitations or restrictions of action by city officials.

Hopefully, some remedial changes will take place in the near future which may include a school zone, flashing lights, signage, crosswalks, and crossing signals.

With or without a designated school zone in place, all drivers in Maine and other States should slow down any time there is a congregation of children in the area.