Letters: Northview students express opinions on traffic, safety

May. 26, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

(Editor’s note: Northview Academy ninth grade English teacher Lori Hill had her classroom practice writing formal letters by sending some to local and national businesses. Several chose to write letters to the editor. Most discussed the need for traffic signaling in front of their school, while one wrote about the problem with use of drugs and alcohol by studetns. Here are some of those letters.)

 

Editor,

The intersection for Northview Academy is extremely busy, and as a new driver, I find it highly intimidating. There will not always be police officers to direct traffic, and I would feel more comfortable if there was a traffic light. It will not only benefit the students and faculty of the school, but it will also help eliminate the congestion of traffic coming in and going out of Sevierville. When I have to stay after school for extracurricular activities, I will not have the police officers there to direct me. I will have to face that obstacle every time I stay after school.

A traffic light would give me more confidence and would make the drive to and from school easier and less nerve-racking. It would be safer, and I would not dread the commute.

Sincerely,

Brea S. Rhode

 

Editor,

There is an enormous problem near Northview Academy. There is a dire need for a traffic light in order to remain safe near our school in the morning. It is a hassle going down Winfield Dunn Parkway and having to turn into Northview Academy Way. The bus will wait for what seems like forever to turn into the school. It is always a constant battle to cross the intersection. It is going to be terrifying as a new driver to cross the busy intersection if there is no traffic light installed.

Sincerely,

Ranferi Alvarez

 

Editor,

A traffic light would lift the weight of stress off my shoulders. Having a traffic light would eliminate the need for a police officer to direct traffic in the mornings. This would also decrease the amount of congestion entering and exiting the school. Northview Academy is very close to the interstate, so constant traffic is an issue that will persist year round. With the help of a new traffic light, the parents would have less to worry about.

Every parent cannot help but to worry about their children. Driving is a huge milestone to most kids, and these kids are just as nervous about driving as the parents are. With the addition of new drivers a traffic light would not only reduce the stress but it will also help reduce the number of accidents to a minimum.

Sincerely,

Dawson Satterfield

 

Editor,

As a young student at Northview Academy, I will be driving to and from school in less than three months, therefore my safety and the safety of those around me is immensely important. Since safety is so valuable, I am concerned with the jeopardy that the intersection in which all students of the must use to enter the school parking lot might cause to the school’s students, staff, visitors, etc. 

Because of the way in which the intersection was set up, the only way to the school is to cross Winfield Dunn Parkway, where the normal speed limit is 45 miles per hour. If one accidentally hesitates while driving across this strip of road, it could ultimately spell disaster. Which would be a giant problem considering how anxious this intersection makes one feel plus the fact most of the ones using this intersection do not have much prior driving experience.

These reasons and many more prove that the best way to proactively stop accidents would be a traffic light. A traffic light ensures the safety of all involved as long as each individual follows the directions of the light. There would be no anxiety because all one has to do is watch and wait for their light to turn green. If there was hesitation, with a traffic light installed, instead of spelling disaster, it would mean nothingexcept maybe an angry honk from the car behind you.

Previously stated errors in the construction of this intersection will continue to endanger everyone who visits Northview Academy until something is done to fix the intersection. Hopefully, the county can be proactive and fix this danger by pushing the construction to a sooner date, before someone is hurt.

Sincerely,

Tucker C. Gillespie

 

Editor,

The highway in front of Northview Academy is sometimes busy. As an upcoming driver, I feel that the intersection to the school is not safe, and we really need a traffic light.

My brothers drives me to school every day, and if we were to get in a wreck, my parents would not be happy. There are police officers directing traffic in the mourning  but only at certain times. A new traffic light at the intersection would make it safer.

Sincerely,

Brandon W. Cummings

 

Editor,

The addition of Northview Academy has greeted residents of Kodak with a new traffic issue: congested traffic within the school zones being controlled by the few police officers that patrol and enforce traffic laws. The police officers are managing the traffic in a manner that is stable; however, a long-term solution would be the installation of traffic lights. Traffic lights would give order to the traffic situation presented to the Kodak community by the opening of Northview Academy. If the traffic lights were installed, the police officers currently in charge of directing traffic would be able to return to their previous duties. Thus, in turn, providing another response team ready for an emergency call.

In closing, I will become a licensed driver within the next year; the stability a new light would provide could  add comfort my growth as a young driver.

Sincerely,

Christian T. Hancock

 

Editor,

I am an upcoming driver at Northview Academy in Kodak, and safety is a relevant concern of mine. One of my most prominent worries for me is making it to the school safely. With all of the construction and roadwork being done at the entrance of my school, it makes the turn in from Highway 66 downright scary. That being said, the installation of a traffic light in front of the school is and has been an immediate need since the day our school opened.

With the struggle to maintain the use of two police officers standing in the middle of the road directing traffic every school day, it is impossible for them to be there for every event at the school. As in, if I were trying to get to practice for a sporting event or for a drama production, it would be very difficult, due to the fact they mostly occur after school hours.

A traffic light would solve this issue promptly. Also, traffic lights are automated resulting in consistent traffic flow, whereas police officers are subjective as to when they release traffic in any given direction. I am one of many who wish to see a stoplight be installed and with enough voices, I believe change can be made.

Sincerely,

Alexis Barnard

 

Editor,

According to CNN about 17 percent of high school students drink, smoke or use drugs during the school day (http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/22/survey-17-of-high-schoolers-drink-smoke-use-drugs-during-school-day).

I am concerned about my safety. In previous years, there have been drugs and alcohol brought into school and have caused the school day to cease so they could search for the contraband. This infuriates me because instead of learning, we have to stay in lockdown due to students’ errors. I feel as if my security and education is in danger because of certain students and what they bring into school.

An increase in security would decrease the amount of drugs/alcohol brought into school by an astronomical amount. Some schools barely take any precautionary measures, so in return, some students think they can bring in contraband and not get in trouble. If security increases in schools, then it many deter students from bringing in illegal substances because the fear of being caught.

Every student deserves a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment, and it just takes one student’s bad judgment to ruin it  for everyone.

Sincerely,

Joshua Jones