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High school wants lower speed limit after multiple wrecks

Bainbridge High School zone's speed limit increased to 55 mph Bainbridge High School zone's speed limit increased to 55 mph
Bainbridge High School Bainbridge High School
Cars zooming down Highway 84 Cars zooming down Highway 84
DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) - The Decatur County School System and concerned parents are hoping to work with the D.O.T. to lower the school zone speed limit in front of Bainbridge High School. 

The school zone's speed limit on Highway 84 was recently changed from 45 to 55 miles per hour.

And there have already been multiple accidents involving students this school year. 

Decatur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield said, "Just like everybody else traveling down highway 84, when the signs went up, that's when we knew the speed limit had changed."

So school leaders requested the D.O.T. visit the area. 

Dr. Rayfield said, “Our conversation with them is simply how can we provide the safest, most secure environment for our students, our parents, and everybody that's accessing our campus.”

School Resource Officer Maurice Gaines wondered if the increase in speed was a factor in two recent wrecks.

Gaines said, “That day actually, the first day of school, we had an accident.  It was a four car pile up with kids involved of course. And then we had another one a couple weeks later.”

Gaines said since 2009, they're have been more than 50 wrecks on Highway 84.   

Gaines added, "Because you know, they're texting, they're doing all sorts of stuff that they don't always, like adults, pay attention to the road.  And anything can happen.  It doesn't take but a blink. Three seconds could be between life and death."

And with so many new teenage drivers, Gaines warned them to be extra careful.

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