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September 24, 2016

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Letter to the editor:

School crosswalks in need of attention

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The situation being played out daily at our local high schools as school lets out for the day is an accident, or worse, waiting to happen.

I have had the unfortunate luck, on numerous occasions, to be driving by several different high schools just as the students are getting out at the end of the day.

There are no crossing guards at the crosswalks directly in front of, or in the immediate area of, the high schools. Apparently, it is because the kids are old enough to cross safely on their own. Well, that’s not the case. Kids being kids, especially at that age, don’t have the sense or common courtesy to cross in groups. Therefore there is a constant stream of kids crossing for a good 15-20 minutes right after school gets out.

Naturally, this causes major congestion on the streets in the area, especially directly in front of the schools.

While most drivers patiently, although not happily, wait for the kids to safely cross, I have witnessed numerous times, drivers get angry and honk their horns, yell at the kids (who then yell back), or worse, attempt to zoom through any opening they can find between the kids. If this situation continues in the valley, the outcome can’t be good.

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