Jaywalking Concerns Around Lubbock Schools - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/29/03

Jaywalking Concerns Around Lubbock Schools

When the bell rings for lunch, students who can go off campus, usually dart out the door. The problem is, many run right through traffic. We caught students in the act not once, or twice but several times.

"We do have a problem with students walking across the street wherever it's convenient to them. Usually they want to go right across the street," said Coronado High School Associate Principal Cindy Wallace.

Wallace says they recently reminded the students of the law, warning, jaywalkers will be cited. "We get a lot of calls as does LISD police, those kiddos have two intersections they can utilize to cross with lights. However they chose to cross in the middle of the street. The statute says if you cross between signalized intersections other than at those designated areas or a cross walk then its a violation of the law," says Ronnie Sowell, LPD Traffic.

But some students aren't scared to take the risk.

"I was trying to get to lunch so I just ran across the street. Have you gotten in trouble for that before? Yes, I've gotten a ticket," one Coronado student said.

"It's faster and there used to be a crosswalk right there and I think they painted over it. Is it dangerous? Yes very, somebody could get killed or hit," another student said.

As for the drivers, trying to get to and from during their own lunch hour, most don't appreciate the game of frogger students put them in. "They got a crosswalk over there but they run in the middle of traffic. I'm afraid I'm going to hit somebody," Cecil Puentes, a passerby said.

The biggest concern with this jaywalking problem is the danger. Crosswalks are designed to make crossing the street a safe journey and if caught, the fine is $88.

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