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Just Another Day At Seco & Decoro
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Monday Morning.

A crossing guard stands in the middle of the street, red stop sign in hand.

Children begin walking across.

A few stragglers run for the cross walk, in the lead, a 12 year old girl. She gets to the corner just as a car makes the right turn and is about to drive right into the cross walk. Probably not a totally legal thing, but being the bulk of the children were on the other half of the street, the person probably felt is was close enough to empty and made the bad decision to proceed. The running girl sees the car and literally stops in her tracks, causing her to slip like you would on ice and fall on her behind. Another child, a boy, is right behind her. Thankfully, both are not quite in the path of the car, which finally realizes it did a major wrong thing, and stops. The girl gets up and runs across the street.
The car, instead of continuing on, now decides to go straight through the intersection, instead of finishing the interrupted turn.
Say what? I think to myself. You going a different way makes up for your bad judgement?
That you wanted to immediately leave the scene of this almost accident, is very apparent to me at least.

As I sit at the light, I can see the crossing guard shaking her head. She can't believe what she has just witnessed, either.

It's just another day at the corner of Seco and Decoro.

Probably the worst intersection of schools and cars, that Santa Clarita has.

This blog post is written to warn parents to be EXTRA alert at that intersection.

It's a killer.

Thank you for your attention.

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tacalert commented on Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 09:48 AM

Great article. Saugus School District had the opportunity to close this school last week, but instead chose to close Emblem, a brand new school. The topic of how dangerous this intersection is, coupled with the fact Arroyo Seco MS will see an increase next year due to boundary changes, fell on deaf ears of the board. I am so glad my kids do not go to this school and have to deal with the dangerous drivers who are more concerned about getting where they need to go and not about the safety of everyone else. My only question is....where are the Sheriffs?

scvmom commented on Wednesday, Feb 03, 2010 at 21:52 PM

Thank you so much for bringing some much needed attention to this very dangerous intersection. My children do attend Santa Clarita Elementary. While we love the school and the teachers, we hate the busy street and intersection. Many parents have called and written letters to city officials and even the Sheriff dept. They put up some "your speed is" signs, but half of the time the one near Santa Clarita Park doesn't even work. And most of the time, it doesn't even slow people down. In our 4 years at this school I have only ever seen the Sheriff's pull drivers over for speeding twice, and it was all in the same week. Yet I see people going 50 mph down Seco during drop-off and pick-up times every day. PLEASE SLOW DOWN. Please don't speed in our school zone.

Storm commented on Friday, Feb 05, 2010 at 01:53 AM

Yes it is a very busy intersection, and yes they have I think it is 3 or 4 crossing guards working that intersection when the school kids are crossing, I bet if they had a sheriff deputy working there it just might be a bit safer for the kids.

breacher commented on Wednesday, Mar 10, 2010 at 05:43 AM

Where are the cops at?They definitely have enough time to protect our kids.

whitelig commented on Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 23:31 PM

I driver through this intersection each and every day. I have a child that attends Arroyo Seco and did go to Santa Clarita Elem. The whole area around both of these school is a nightmare at drop-off, and when the kids are getting out of school. Many of the problems that occur are caused by parents of these kids. There is a sign at the exit of the Santa Clarita elem driveway on Decoro that say right turn only during drop-off hours. Over 50% of the parents that drop their kids off go ahead and make the left turn which sets up a dangerous situation with traffic coming down Decoro and cars coming from Arroyo Seco. In the last week I have almost hit two of these illegal left turners. A couple of years ago we had a teacher come out of the parking lot, make that left tuen and get in a serious crash. the car she was driving ended up going over the sidewalk on the far side of Decoro and stopped when it hit a garage door that belongs to one of the houses across from the school. What would have happened if this occured during drop-off hours when the sidewalk was full of students walking to school.
This intersection needs to be patrolled by the sheriffs more than it is. I have not seen a sheriffs car there at all this school year.

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