Parents question placement of crossing guards
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The start of school is just around the corner and some parents want to know why most Valley middle schools do not have crossing guards.
For example, take the intersection of Torrey Pines Drive and Robindale Road where Canarelli Middle School is located. Despite the painted crosswalks, flashing lights and yellow signs, some neighbors said those warnings are not enough.
"It gets pretty busy and not everyone is very mindful of how fast they're going or there's kids present," said neighbor Katrina Braziel.
Braziel is worried about the safety of the children. The intersection has stop signs on Torrey Pines but not Robindale.
"A crossing guard is probably a good start but I think a four-way step would be best," Braziel said.
It's not the first time Action News has visited the intersection. A student was hit there last year and hospitalized for several days. And in February of this year, a teacher turned to Action News wondering what it would take to get some changes.
"Even with the flashing lights that say school zone, you'll still see the through traffic on Robindale not stopping," said teacher Kate O'Neil in a February interview.
Now, parents and neighbors want to know why we don't see more crossing guards at middle schools.
"I think it would definitely help," said Braziel. "I think any form of warning or something that would signify that is a pedestrian crosswalk."
Action News called All City Management Services, also known as the crossing guard company.
Director of operations Pat Pohl said the company plans to have more than 400 guards on the street on the first day of school, Aug. 26. But Pohl said resources are limited and she can't place a guard everywhere. The focus is placed on elementary schools where students are younger and less experienced.
At this time, Pohl said there are no plans to expand service to every middle school, though some may benefit from being located near elementary schools where guards are already in place.
Clark County said it performed a traffic study at the intersection last November but no changes - including extra stop signs - were warranted.
Pohl said she expects to be fully staffed by the first day of school and the company was able to expand service this year to a few new schools by shuffling around staff.
Neighbors like Katrina believe changes are needed near Canarelli before someone gets hurt.
"I would hate for it to be a tragedy or something that would cause that," she said.