Parents concerned about speeders near Ernest May Elementary
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Often times we hear about the craziness around school zones -- parents making illegal U-turns and parking where they're not supposed to. But one viewer says it's those just driving through the area.
"It just amazes me that people, they clearly see the signs that it's a school zone they don't slow down for it," said Felicia Tellus.
That's exactly what we saw when our cameras were out at Ernest May Elementary when school let out and we saw cars going faster than the 15 mile an hour school zone school speed limit. Our radar gun clocked people going 36 and 21 miles an hour.
"It's an ongoing thing here," said Marlene Peglow.
It's not just parents that are frustrated. Those that live right across from the school near Ann and Jones say every day they see drivers not only speeding, but on their cell phone or distracted by something else.
"Start stopping all these cars and maybe they'll see that oh gee I can't speed no more there's officers all around," said Marlene.
Action News called Metro Police who say they have officers out patrolling near the school once a week, but they have to divvy up their time between all the schools in the county. As a result of our inquiry, they're going to step up patrols.
"When they're here of course everyone slows down, everybody is doing the speed limit. When they're not there it's a whole different story," said Felicia.
In light of all the recent accidents, both Marlene and Felicia hope drivers will slow down and keep their eyes on the road.
"They need to be more alert in what they're doing," said Marlene.
"It could be your kid on of these days," said Felicia.
We went to Ernest Elementary because one of our viewers emailed us. Since we launched our Be Smart. Be Safe campaign in November more than 1,000 people have signed the pledge to be more aware on Valley roads.
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