105 children hit by vehicles this school year: CCSDPD

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District is on track to end the school year at nearly double the amount of kids being hit by vehicles compared to last school year.

“I don’t know what else we can do, aside from adding 300 or 400 more cops to our department,” Lt. Michael Campbell of CCSDPD said.

According to CCSDPD, 105 children have been hit by cars in school zones since August. The total for the 2022-2023 school year was 70, and the school district is currently on pace to double that.

“As a community, as law enforcement, as the schools, we need to chip in and we need to be part of the solution,” Lt. Campbell said. “What else can we do? I mean, because it’s not about tickets, it’s about telling people what they can’t do.”

There are 34 school days left before CCSD students go on summer break.

“Probably 15 to 20 percent of the kids getting hit is moderate, broken bones, to major where they’re going to the hospital. They might be in a coma,” Lt. Campbell said.

On Monday, officers and staff of Don and Dee Snyder Elementary School were painting the curbs near the school red as a sign for parents to avoid parking in that area.

Lt. Campbell says if a parent is parked in that area they will receive a citation, rather than a warning. It’s against the law to park within 20 feet of a crosswalk and within five feet of a driveway.

CCSDPD issues on average between 6,000 to 8,000 citations a year.

The number one citation is for speeding but crosswalk violations also rank near the top, according to CCSDPD.

“Kids that walk are having to walk out literally right between cars,” Ray Crosby said.

Crosby is a physical education teacher at Don and Dee Snyder Elementary School, and he was painting the curb red on Monday. He’s seen the issue firsthand.

“Pick up, they all park out in the desert. They line up in different places,” Crosby said.

Crosby also said parents need to be more patient.

“Everybody needs to realize that everybody is there to do the same thing,” Crosby said.

Don and Dee Snyder Elementary staffers are rolling out a computerized pick-up system to hopefully ease the problem.

Original News Source Link – KLAS

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