Rolling Road school zones to be studied
It was sheer coincidence that my travels today took me along South Rolling Road just after I received emails including a flurry of correspondence between residents of nearby neighborhoods and the State Highway Administration about the speeding problems in that area of Catonsville.
The emails brought news that the State Highway Administration has agreed to study two possible school zones along Rolling Road. Establishing school zones would open the door to the installation of law enforcement cameras, which would probably go a long way toward curbing the need to speed.
The news of the planned study came in an email from David J. Malkowski, metropolitan district engineer for the SHA, to lawyer: Eric Gunderson. Gunderson had pressed the SHA for a commitment to examine the feasibility of expanding the Hillcrest Elementary and Catonsville High school zones to take in parts of the road.
Incidentally, some readers have written this blog to contend the road is underposted. I disagree. The 30 mph li,it is appropriate. Could one safely go 35? Yes. But 40? No. And since most drivers will take an at least extra 5 mph, and most police will concede it to them, the current limit is appropriate. A driver will still have to be going at least 42 to get a ticket. And in my judgment, as well as that of the SHA, that's too fast.