Some residents are voicing concerns about traffic safety near a Quince Orchard Park (QOP) school bus stop near the intersection of Elmira Lane and Highland Ridge Avenue.
Gaithersburg police officers patrolled the area the morning of March 22 and issued verbal warnings to several passersby.
“Three verbal warnings were given to motorist[s] for stopping within the middle of the street and for failing to come to [a] complete stop at a stop sign,” said Officer Dan Lane.
According to Lane, police received a “Citizen Information in Traffic Enforcement (CITE)” complaint about traffic and pedestrian safety in the area of the bus stop.
“The complaint referenced traffic safety concerns regarding where vehicles should be stopping for school buses and when vehicles were parked near crosswalks blocking site view for pedestrians crossing and vehicles entering or turning in the intersection,” said Lane. “There was also a complaint about drivers not coming to a complete stop at stop signs.”
Based on observations made by the officers, Lane said, enforcement is not a long-term resolution. “The way to confront this concern is education and cooperation from both the parents and children,” he said.