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?
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.
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.
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.