Parents: Speed Limit Too High

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

It's the stretch of Jolly Road right in front of Okemos High School that Jody Wesley worries about her daughter traveling every day.

"You've got kids who are 16,17, 18 years old driving, you've got a 55 mile per hour speed limit, it's just not a good combo," she explains.

And that's a thought that has been on Wesley's mind for a while, but has become a lot more intense after her daughter's classmate, Adam Nevells was hit by another car while pulling out of the school's parking lot. The crash killed the 17 year-old.

"I was kind of spurred into action from the accident a couple of weeks ago," Wesley says.

And she's not alone. Multiple parents along with the OHS PTO have expressed concern.

All Wesley and that group of Okemos parents want is for drivers to slow down, and she says the only way to make that happen is by erecting a school zone sign outside of Okemos High.

That's something though that Bill Conklin of the Ingham Co. Road Commission says is up to the school system.

"The school district may not be aware that they can request a school speed zone. Certainly if they're not aware, we'll make them aware," Conklin says.

And as far as maybe reducing the speed to something other than 25 mph, Conklin began a study into that a few weeks ago by installing speed strips across Jolly Rd. to measure the speed of a typical driver.

"If 85% of them go 40 mph or below, because it's a little bit more of a constricted environment, then that would be the appropriate speed limit," he says.

Not much of an acceptable answer for Wesley.

"You don't realize all of the near misses and minor accidents," she says.

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