BETSY LAYNE – With approximately 675 students attending Betsy Layne Elementary School and around 390 students enrolled at Betsy Layne High School, a local group wants to help make the school zone located along US 23 safer. A local group known as The Future of Eastern Kentucky has started a petition to have traffic lights installed at both school entrances.
“Many parents take their children to school and traffic along this section is often intense, especially in the morning hours,” said Rhonda Hall, the parent of a Betsy Layne Elementary School student. “It would make me feel much safer pulling out if a traffic light was available.”
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department helps with traffic control at Betsy Layne Elementary, which some say helps deter speeding in the area. Parents whose children attend Betsy Layne High School say the location of the school’s entrance is what makes pulling in and of the school dangerous. Located about a mile away from the elementary school, the entrance to Betsy Layne High School is located in a blind spot at the end of a curve.
“When you are pulling onto US 23 from Betsy Layne High School, you have to gun it to hurry and get moving,” said Austin Rogers, a former BLHS student. “Many times I have seen people pull out and almost get hit in the back end because they haven’t gotten enough speed before the driver coming around the curve is on their bumper.”
Members of The Future of Eastern Kentucky hope to deliver their petition to the Kentucky State Senate, Kentucky State House and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12. Through Wednesday night, the petition had 198 signatures.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.