Concerns pile up around school crosswalk, police issue 38 tickets since March 1

Concerns are piling up around a dangerous crosswalk in Vigo County. We've told you about these concerns at Fuqua Elementary School before.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 9:50 AM
Updated: Mar 22, 2019 11:30 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Concerns are piling up around a dangerous crosswalk in Vigo County. We've told you about these concerns at Fuqua Elementary School before.

The Terre Haute Police Department (THPD) is urging drivers to pay attention to the road, especially in school zones.

When school starts and ends, the lights above the crosswalk on Margaret Avenue flash red. This signals drivers to come to a complete stop.

Recently, there have been complaints from bus drivers, parents, and cross guard about drivers not paying attention. They are demanding change.

Within the 45 minutes that News 10 stood out by the crosswalk, THPD wrote up six tickets for people running through the light. Several people weren't even paying attention.

Since March 1, THPD says they have written 38 tickets during school zone hours at Fuqua Elementary.

Parents say something must be done before it's too late.

"If my kid was to walk here {Fuqua Elementary} and he walked across that road and got hit, I wouldn't know what to do," Steven Stanford, a local parent said.

Police say it could be a more than $100 fine for speeding and other violations in school zones. They say they don't give warnings in school zones.

"It's sad, it really is sad," April White, a local parent said. "Other people don't even notice that there are children. I won't let my child walk even though he is old enough to walk by himself."

Superintendent Rob Haworth released this statement:

“The safety of our children is our greatest concern. We will continue to work with local law enforcement to address the alarming number of distracted drivers and stop light violators. We appreciate the efforts of the local government in addressing this issue and their continued enforcement of the law, and as a school district, we will continue to examine internal measure to address this safety issue," Haworth said.

Haworth says that "In many ways, this situation is similar to the crisis facing Indiana regarding bus stop arms. Currently, our state is examining it's traditional practicing regarding bus stop arm violators and asking what more can be done." He adds, "We need to be doing the same thing before a child gets hurt."

THPD say they plan to extra patrol the area if that's what it takes to decrease these numbers.

This will be a story News 10 will continue to follow for you.

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