Crossing guard headed to intersection after parents raise concerns
Parents say students are running for their lives to get across one Valley intersection. After Action News started looking into the issue, we learned safety improvements are on the way. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Parents say students are running for their lives to get across one Valley intersection. After Action News started looking into the issue, we learned safety improvements are on the way.
"Sometimes the kids, they're walking with their parents, and they don't see them when they're crossing the road," said parent Edna Hrubes.
The students from Helen Jydstrup Elementary School are trying to cross Hacienda Avenue near Duneville Street. The intersection is a designated school speed zone, with a limit of 25 miles-per-hour, and has a crosswalk with signage, but parents are still worried about the children crossing.
"Kids don't know," said parents Richel Lamb. "They dart in front of the cars. Sometimes they're too small."
Parents turned to Action News to find out what it would take to get crossing guards at the intersection. They noted that two guards are already stationed at West Reno Avenue and Duneville Street, also near the school.
All City Management Services took over crossing guards duties throughout the valley from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police in January. The new company vowed full staffing and to review any intersections that may need crossing guards.
"Sometimes the cars stop, sometimes they don't," said Philomena King, a parent.
Action News contacted the crossing guard company, who immediately started a review of the intersection. After coordinating with the school and Metro Police, director of operations Pat Pohl said the company planned to place a permanent guard at the intersection by Thursday morning.
"This one seemed to be so obvious," said Pohl in a telephone interview. "Why wait another minute."
The company currently has 409 crossing guards on Valley roads, Pohl explained. While they can't place guards at every intersection, Pohl said the company would review any intersections where parents think guards might be needed.