School Officials in Van, W.Va. Plead for Drivers to Slow Down

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

VAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Frustrated and fed up -- the principal at a school in Boone County says drivers are going too fast in front of her school and she wants something done about it.

The state put signs in the middle of Route 85 in front of Christian Faith Academy in Van to caution drivers to slow down. But school Principal Melanie Harvey says they’re still speeding by; she’s afraid sooner or later, someone’s going to get hurt.

"Frustrating enough that I chased a car down the road this morning yelling," Harvey said.

Hundreds of cars drive past the school every day, and Harvey said many of them are going too fast.

"We try to stay out here and monitor it, but even with us standing out here, they don't care,” she said. “They don't slow down."

Harvey said she’s tried to get help from the state. Their solution was road signs, but Harvey said they’ve been run over by drivers not paying attention. The signs also have to be put out every morning and that too is becoming dangerous.

"Two times in the past week one of my students have almost been hit putting the signs out in the road that we have here," she said.

That was Linda Brumfield’s grandson, Jacob. He was putting the signs up Tuesday morning when a truck almost hit him.

"People just fly by here, and if one of them gets hit you know you worry about that," Brumfield said.

Sarah Ryan’s son is a first-grader at Christian Faith Academy and said she worries about his safety.

"We know as parents this is a private school,” Ryan said. “It's not state or federally funded, and there's luxuries that as parents and children we sacrifice for what we feel is a greater good. But safety just shouldn't have to be one of those things."

Now they’re hoping by speaking out they can get the help they need and get these speeders to slow down.

Harvey said she’s contacted the Boone County Sheriff’s Department about the problem. She said they come out during the day, but they need police there in the morning when students are starting the day.

She said she’s asked to get flashing signs posted to warn drivers they’re entering a school zone, but she was told her school doesn’t have enough students to qualify.

Deputies told Harvey the speed limit through the school zone is 40 miles per hour, but just down the road it drops to 25 mph.

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