Parents concerned about cars not stopping for walking students
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 30, 2016)–Some Wayne Township parents worry it’s only a matter of time before one of their kids is hit walking to school.
Every day, they say cars fail to stop for groups of kids waiting to cross the street.
“They just don’t watch out here,” says Maplewood parent Bryan Wilson. “I mean there’s a school right here, there’s a school zone signs and a crosswalk sign and almost nobody stops.”
In this cell phone video, you can see drivers going through the crosswalk at Maplewood Elementary, while students wait for their opening.
The drivers aren’t doing anything wrong. Legally, none of the cars and buses have to stop.
But Bryan and his wife Fordena say they’re surprised common sense doesn’t tell drivers to do so.
“If I see children in the road, even if it’s not at a crosswalk, if I see a family trying to cross, I stop,” says Bryan.
But since others aren’t stopping on their own, the Wilsons reached out for help to raise awareness about the issue and make a big change to keep their kids safe.
“I think there needs to be a stop sign here,” says Bryan. “I think that would be the best option.”
The Wilsons are starting a petition for other parents of walkers and urging them to reach out to the city to push for a sign.
“I don’t think it’s that cost-prohibitive to pound a stop sign into the ground,” says Bryan. “And It could save children’s lives. If it saves even one child’s life, then it’s worth it.”
In the meantime, the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township agrees the crosswalk is a safety concern.
They typically have adults monitoring students coming and going, but will now make sure to have an adult out here every morning and afternoon to make sure all the students cross safely.
Anyone who has a concern about a school crossing in their neighborhood, should start by calling the Mayor’s Action Center.