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11th-Dec-2007 12:13 pm
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I moved to Alpharetta from Dallas, TX on 9/24. Is there some unwritten rule that school zones don't have to be obeyed in Alpharetta like they do in other cities?

I have 2 different routes that I can take from home to work. Both include a school zone. One is on Haynes Bridge East of 400 between Thornberry and Mansel. The other is on Scott Rd/Old Scott Rd inbetween Nesbit Ferry and Holcomb Bridge.

Everymorning when the school zone lights are flashing and there are busses sharing the road with me there are cars speeding past me, or riding my bumber like I'm the idiot.

What's the deal?

(x-posted to Fulton_County)
11th-Dec-2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
People are assholes.

In the school zones in my area, the cops are there and writing tickets to fools that speed like that. You may want to call the cops and mention you've seen people being rather unsafe in those areas.
11th-Dec-2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I think you're right. People are assholes. I slow down in active school zones and I don't even like most kids. I will call the cops and alert them.
11th-Dec-2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're right, I pass by Manning Oaks Elementary, in Alpharetta, sometimes on the way to work, and few people seem to bother to slow down.

School Zones were a big revenue enhancer for the cops where I lived in Florida.
11th-Dec-2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
There's a cop that directs traffic on Old Alabama at the entrance to a residential community. Not sure why he's there. I think I will call the cops and tell them to move him up a mile or two and down Haynes Bridge to watch that school zone instead.
11th-Dec-2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
I live in the exact same area as you do, interestingly enough. In the afternoons, I rarely see people speed through the school zone (while the light's flashing) on Haynes Br Rd at Mansell. I avoid the Scott Rd school zone in the afternoons because that area backs up from all the soccer moms picking their kids up and teenagers driving themselves home (ride the bus, grar!).

In the mornings I leave early enough (~6:30am) to miss the flashing school zone lights completely for any school zones (although the buses are already out in force).

In general, there are too many people here and everyone drives like douches. The more people there are, the more crowded it gets, the more impatient everyone gets, the more douchey everyone drives, the worse traffic gets. Ah, such a vicious cycle...

(oh, and the GDOT fails at traffic lights)
11th-Dec-2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I normally take the Scott Rd way home in the evening and that's around 5pm so I miss that zone.
11th-Dec-2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I find that here in Roswell, and it was the same in Coweta County (south of the city) when I lived there!
11th-Dec-2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Sheesh. I don't even like kids, but I don't wanna hit one with my car! You know?
11th-Dec-2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
school zones in Dallas are nothing like the ones here. People will generally go a bit slower (maybe even slow enough to obey the speed limit), but it's not the can't-go-over-24-mph-or-I-get-a-ticket like is back in Texas.
11th-Dec-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Really or is it just that's the way people are? I mean if a cop saw wouldn't they write a ticket?
11th-Dec-2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
no, really. I'm sure anyone who's gotten a ticket will speak up - but I don't see cops camped out in school zones here. In TX it seeme every school zone was manned with a cop ready to give you a ticket. When I got a regular highway speeding ticket, no one else in the court room was there with a school zone ticket. It's just not the same here.
11th-Dec-2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
That's just strange. I mean, there are children all over the place. One of the zones I mention has 3 or 4 schools all in a row. Why wouldn't they enforce something like this?
11th-Dec-2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah I found it really weird when I moved here from Dallas too. I'm used to it now though.
11th-Dec-2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Well, people can give me shitty looks all they want. I'm not gonna take a chance and runover some kid.

When did you move from Dallas?

I was so ready to get out of Dallas that I probably could have moved anywhere and been excited, but I've wanted to move to GA since 2004 so I was very happy when my company transferred me here.
11th-Dec-2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
2003. I went to UTD and UTA while living there.
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