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SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- Speeding and crashes are an issue along Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos, and it has sparked concern for kids walking to and from school, community members warned Monday.

“We have vehicles going just as fast up the hill as down the hill," said Warren Witt, San Elijo Elementary School safety committee member.

Witt, who is also a parent, says he’s seen far too many crashes along Twin Oaks Valley Road, the most recent one on Saturday.

“My first thought was are the people okay? Then, my second thought was 'wow, I’m glad this was a weekend and not a Friday with kids from the housing down walking up or riding their bikes to school at the top of the hill,'” said Witt.

At the top of the hill is the new Double Peak K8 School.

There were no kids or pedestrians at the time of Saturday's crash.  The responding deputy said both drivers were admitted to the hospital and released. The investigator said speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, but they suspect drunk driving after the driver of the SUV lost control going up the hill, crossed the median, crashed head on with another car and landed on the sidewalk.

“This is an area where we have quite a few accidents," said San Marcos Sheriff Deputy Yvan Rogers. "Last week we had another serious injury collision. I do believe there has been a total of about 40 calls for service whether it was DUI drivers, collisions and hit and runs.”

Which is why Warren is hopeful for change.

"I’d like to see the city review the speeds limits maybe a few more signs,” Witt said.

City of San Marcos released a statement:

“In San Marcos, the safety of all residents is the top priority. The city is currently in the process of assessing the changing traffic/pedestrian conditions associated with the opening of the new Double Peak School just a month ago, and expects to see speed and signage changes.”

Witt said adding more guardrails would also help for students now and in the future.

“I would love to see a guardrail from where the school starts all the way down to the next light on both sides of the road,” said Witt.

The school has not had any incidents since opening this school year.

The city is also working with the district and the sheriff’s department on how to improve their internal traffic management.