By Mike Colgan

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The San Jose City Council has approved a plan to slow traffic around some school zones. Under phase one, speeds are being lowered around three schools. One of those schools is Booksin Elementary in Willow Glen, where speed limits will go from 25 mph to 15 mph.

“We’re hopeful that the 15 mile per hour limit will slow traffic down enough that the congestion will not cause additional safety issues for us,” said Principal Debbie Baccino.

“I am all for it,” said mom Carmen Kamisnki who was picking up her 5-year-old daughter. “It’s great because I walk every day and it’s crazy.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said that making drivers act more conscientiously around schools is a good idea.

“The state has made it easier for us to do that, so we’re trying to take advantage of the change in state law,” said Reed. “Whether or not it’s effective, of course, is the question, but I have no doubt that if we can slow people down around schools, it would be important for the safety of our children.”

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