KMIR6 Investigates Dangerous School Crossing Zones
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Parents across the valley worry about their children's safety crossing the street in front of schools.
A parent of two Desert Hot Springs students asked KMIR6 to investigate unsafe crossing zones.
Several parents emailed us about what they believe are unsafe school crossing zones.
A Desert Hot Springs father told us drivers regularly roll through the stop sign in front of Desert Springs Middle School.
Drivers are apparently not reading the message -- stop.
"We sit out here for the last two years, and we watch people just run the stop sign, and we think it's very dangerous and someone is going to get hurt," said Kevin Clayton, father of a Desert Springs Middle School student.
Clayton worries about his middle school son's safety when he crosses the road after school gets out.
"Cars will start edging through and it makes kids nervous of course," said Clayton.
And the crosswalk blinking signal is not working..
Other parents we spoke with said it is a dangerous situation.
"I saw a couple times people doing U-turns right in the middle of the street, which is extremely dangerous, kids are trying to get across the street, there's no crossing guard out here," said Deanna Power, mother of a Desert Springs Middle School student.
There are only three crossing guards at schools in Desert Hot Springs.
"We wish we had more, but we don't, so we do what we can with what we have," said Commander Dan Bressler with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.
Previously, a grant through Palm Springs Unified School District funded more crossing guards.
"Unfortunately at the end of last year, those grant moneys dried up which were clearly funding the crossing guards, and it's our understanding from the district perspective that it's now the responsibility of the city of Desert Hot Springs to provide funding for those crossing guards," said Assistant Principal Michael Grainger with Desert Springs Middle School.
City Manager Rick Daniels responded that the city has put over two million dollars of sidewalks in the past two years to provide safe routes to schools.
So what would parents like to see?
"Some changes, I'd definitely like to get this light fixed and someone out here doing the crossing guard," said Powell.
"Maybe some more patrols, here at school time getting out, somehow making a presence so maybe people will get more aware," said Clayton.
Police told us they make it a priority to patrol the schools, and have a message for drivers.
"Message to the drivers is don't text and drive, pay very close attention to your speed around the school zones, you don't know where the kids are going to come from, we are writing tickets as much as we can around the school zones, it's our number one priority," said Commander Bressler.
So the next time you drive through a school zone, stop, look and give students a brake.
And the city manager told me now that he knows the crossing signals were vandalized, he will make it a top priority for public works to go out to fix it.