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Chattanooga Police Department wants students to stay safe while walking to school

Posted: Aug 08, 2018 9:54 PM Updated:

Wednesday, students went back to school, and the Chattanooga Police Department is encouraging everyone to be more cautious near school zones.

Parents are concerned about their children's safety.

This year Chattanooga police officers responded to more deadly crashes involving pedestrians than last year.

Chattanooga police say pedestrian traffic increases during the school year. That's why parents want their students to be able to catch the bus.

Many kids who live in The Villages at Alton Park walk to and from Calvin Donaldson Elementary School every day.

Parents say the buses that drop students off at school do not pick up from the villages even though parents say there's a need.

Parents say the school system told them they live too close to have a bus stop.

“Sometimes the environment is not safe,” said Ariel Marshall. “You have to be careful because you never know. I'm okay with it. I tell them to call me if anything happens.”

“When it rains, if it snows or gets cold those kids have to make it to school,” said Jessica Williams.

That's why Jessica Williams drives her children back and forth to school.

“Buses should be able to come over here,” said Christopher Chambers. “School principals need to think about what they do before they do it.”

“Buses come through here all the time," Williams said. "Why can't those buses stop right here and drop off a few kids on each block?”

Parents say because children don't have the option to ride the school bus, they do what they can to teach their children how to get to school safely.

“I told her to stay with her cousins, and they are old enough,” said Chashley Blackwell. “I know they have a patrol lady there to stop the traffic as they cross the street.”

Chashley Blackwell says she was worried about her daughter walking on the first day of school. But, Ayana says she felt safe.

“Because my cousin was right there,” said Ayana Blackwell.

Here are some tips from the Chattanooga Police Department:

• Always use the crosswalk, preferably at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal/stop sign
• Remove or turn down the volume on earbuds and don't text while walking
• Remember to wait for the walk/green light for pedestrians, which means DO NOT enter the crosswalk on the solid red hand signal
• Look both ways before crossing
• Always try to get a visual commitment from the driver before crossing, even when you have the right of way
• There are many miles of dedicated bike lanes in Chattanooga, use them
• Wear a bike helmet while cycling
• Be aware of sun glare or other weather conditions that may degrade a driver's vision
• Parents should plan their child's route if they walk or cycle to school (Identify the best places to cross roadways)
• Wear bright or reflective clothing when biking or walking to make yourself more visible to drivers

CPD also offers these tips for drivers:

• Follow the speed limit, schools have reduced speed zones around them
• Stop for school buses - when the red lights are flashing that means stop
• STAY OFF THE PHONE - A law enacted in January 2018 makes it a misdemeanor to use hand-held mobile phones in active school zones. The active times for school zones varies from 7:00 - 8:45 a.m. and 2:15 - 4:00 p.m.
• Watch for School Patrol Officers and obey their signs
• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and do not block a crosswalk. A pedestrian in the crosswalk has the right of way.
• Don't double park to let children out of a car. Double parking blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

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David Carroll covers education news and issues at schools across the Tennessee Valley.



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