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Bus stop with no crosswalk has parents concerned
One parent emailed Action News concerned her young son had to cross the street to catch the bus and there is no crosswalk. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The start of the new school year means more frustrations for Clark County parents.
All this week, Action News has been reporting on problems with school buses. One parent emailed our newsroom concerned that her young son has to cross the street to catch the bus with no crosswalk.
Like many parents, Brittany Marlowe feels like she has nowhere else to turn. She says she can't get through to the Clark County School District's transportation department, and is fearful that her son could get hit crossing the street.
"The bus should be a safe place for him to get off, get on and get home safely," Marlowe said.
But she says the bus stop at Dean Martin and Venice Cove has no crosswalk, and isn't safe for her 7-year-old son.
"You see on TV kids getting hit and killed, pedestrians crossing the street, drivers not watching out," Marlowe said.
The posted speed limit is 35, but some drivers go faster.
The second grader has to cross four lanes of traffic to get to his bus stop. There are no crosswalks anywhere nearby.
Marlowe says she's reached out to the district to get the stop moved to her side of the street. She says there are other children in the neighborhood who also have to cross.
"If transportation gets enough complaints then they'll do something about it, but when is it enough, when a kid gets hit? is that when they will change it," Marlowe said.
Like many busy parents, Marlowe signed her student up for the bus for convenience. But this school year, she's worried about safety.
"I've told him to stop to look both ways, be cautious, and keep looking both ways when you cross," Marlow said.
Action News called the district multiple times before hearing back. They said that any intersection is considered a crossing area and traffic must stop. If parents want a change to their child's bus stop, they must file a complaint with the district. If the district says the complaint is valid, it will look into adding another bus stop or making it safer.