An Orange County traffic committee on Thursday recommended that a stretch of bustling Oso Parkway near Rancho Santa Margarita be declared a school zone -- the site where a 16-year-old student was killed when a big-rig ran a red light and slammed into his pickup truck.
The Traffic Safety Committee voted 4 to 1 to slow motorists to 25 mph along a portion of the four-lane thoroughfare that runs in front of Tesoro High School.
"We are thrilled that the committee listened to the input by the citizens," said school Principal Dan Burch, who was among about 75 parents, teachers and administrators who attended the hearing. "We hope this will prevent other tragedies."
The Board of Supervisors will make a final decision in three weeks.
The designation would call for yellow signs to be posted about 500 feet on both sides of the campus advising motorists to slow to 25 mph if students are present. The speed limit would remain 55 mph otherwise.