Phelps—State Senator Michael Nozzolio announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to reduce the speed limit in front of Midlakes High School, on Route 488. Senator Nozzolio requested the State DOT lower the speed limit after a car accident claimed the life of a student at the school. The tragic accident led Midlakes students to contact Senator Nozzolio and also circulate a petition drive to lower the speed limit.
“A lower speed limit in front of Midlakes High School will help to significantly improve traffic safety for students and drivers and hopefully prevent another tragedy from occurring,” said Senator Nozzolio.
Last December, a high school senior, Nicole Laraby, was involved in a fatal car accident near the school. Senator Nozzolio immediately contacted State Transportation officials to request that the speed limit in front of the school be reduced and that speed signs be posted.
Students at Midlakes High also began a campaign to lower the speed limit from 55 miles per hour. Senior Matthew Clark collected over 300 signatures for a petition he circulated to reduce the speed limit. After being contacted by Matthew Clark, Senator Nozzolio offered his full support of the student’s efforts and advised him that the State DOT had agreed to do a traffic study of the area. After review, State Transportation officials agreed that the speed limit in front of the school should be lowered.
Senator Nozzolio also credited the late Al Hollis of Clifton Springs, who had contacted the Senator to express his support for lowering the speed limit.
“One of my most important responsibilities as a State Senator is to listen to the concerns of my constituents and provide whatever assistance I can in helping them to make their communities better and safer places to live. I was pleased to assist in this matter and to work with the Department of Transportation in making this stretch of roadway safer for the students of Midlakes High School as well as motorists,” Nozzolio concluded.
The installation of signs lowering the speed limit will occur within the next few weeks.