Thursday was the first day of school in the West Irondequoit Central School District. It’s also the first school year since the town implemented reduced speed limits around the high school.
Drivers must go 20 miles an hour during school days; speed bumps were also installed. This was put in place after 15-year-old Michael Lynch was hit and killed by a car on Cooper Road last year.
He was walking to Irondequoit High School when the accident occurred; police said the driver was going the legal speed limit at the time.
Speaking with News 8 on Thursday, Superintendent Jeffrey Crane said, “We take even the worst case scenario and try to learn from it and try to maximize safety and academic abilities for all kids. It’s a tragic thing the community still has to deal with.”
The district also changed the traffic pattern in front of schools to improve safety for kids who walk or bike.