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Tragic Crash prompts LA City Council to pursue installing speed bumps and crossing guards at all schools

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[Sangjin Kim- The Korea Daily]
The Los Angeles city leaders are likely to add speed bumps near every school in Los Angeles to prevent future tragedies like April 26’s crash near Hancock Park Elementary School where a woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck and a 6-year-old girl was critically injured.

On April 26, the LA City Council’s Transportation Committee unanimously approved an ordinance to install speed bumps near all schools. The Transportation Committee voted to amend the ordinance, which was previously limited to elementary schools, to include all schools.

The ordinance was co-sponsored by Councilmember Paul Krekorian (District 2), Councilmember Eunice Hernandez (District 1), and Councilmember Heather Hutt (District 10). If finalized by the City Council, the amended ordinance would allow speed humps to be installed on streets near all schools in the LA Unified School District (LAUSD).

According to the City Council, the average cost of a speed bump is $20,000. Installing speed bumps at every school in LAUSD would require a $70 million budget.

The Transportation Committee also approved an ordinance to expand the crossing guard program, which places safety officers at major intersections. It would increase the number of crossing guards from 200 to 500.

The Transportation Committee emphasized that the ordinance would increase safety along pedestrian routes. According to LAPD statistics from 2022, more than 300 people were killed in traffic accidents in Los Angeles, which was the highest in 20 years.

Councilwoman Hutt and the others who participated in the deliberation of the speed bumps shared their condolences and mourned the death of the mother from the tragic crash.


BY HYOUNGJAE KIM [support@koreadaily.com]