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Lack of school zone signs have parents concerned about road safety

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - It is a new school year at a new location for the 300 students at Palmetto Academy now located just off Old Socastee Highway near the Highway 17 Bypass, but it is missing something - school zone signs.

Old Socastee Highway is a state road so the SC Department of Transportation is in charge of putting up the signs. WMBF News spoke to an SCDOT engineer who said the reason there are not any signs right now is because the department did not know the school was open.

That engineer told WMBF News that there will be hexagonal school signs along the road soon to help warn drivers avoiding the Backgate that they are passing a school with students.

Lisa Laing drives her son to and from Palmetto Academy every day. Laing said she worries about how fast drivers pass the school.

"All of the parents drive to pick up their kids because there aren't any buses for the school yet," said Laing. "Myself and all the other parents would feel safer if there was a school zone, if there were some signs, because people come by just tearing down right past the school."

Principal Courtney Fancher said there is already one sign that directs parents which way to go when leaving the school during the busy drop off and pick up times, but added more signs could encourage drivers to slow down.

"We would love for people to be a little bit slower going down this road because when we are dismissing all of our babies we want to make sure that they are safe."

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