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9/13/04

Lubbock-Cooper High Responds to Community Concern

"Just some little things," said Pat Henderson, being modest. The Lubbock-Cooper superintendent has implemented a long list of safety measures in response to a community's call for action after the death of 17-year-old Andrea Rodriguez.

"These speed limit signs (10 mph), you know, its a high school parking lot so you would think that people would understand that they should go slow," he said. But in case they don't, there are now 13 reminders posted everywhere.

"They're pretty pleased," said John Sanchez. Normally, he's the maintenance man, but after school now he now becomes a crossing guard. "They'll drive by here and give me a thumbs up, the parents." "We now have one of our road guards there from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon and they're very helpful," said Henderson.

"It seems to be working," said Lubbock-Cooper Chief Jesse Pena, wielding a brand new radar gun. "I'm glad to see we're getting compliance," he said. And getting more help. The school hired an additional officer, making speed zapping a daily ritual. "Slow 'em down, that's what it's all about," he smiled.

Little changes with a big impact. "She was my niece," said Frances Duenez. She has noticed a difference. Her niece was Andrea Rodriguez, killed three weeks ago, becoming the motivation for improvement. "Since the accident happened everyone has really slowed down a lot," she said.

"The number one preventative measure that can be taken is just for people to slow down," said Henderson.

A safety campaign summarized by a new exit sign, "Please Drive Carefully."

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