Socorro ISD Wants To Increase Crosswalk Safety
POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 10:44pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 10:16pm
FAR EAST EL PASO- Some parents might say that it's too little too late, but the Socorro Independent School District says it wants to make crosswalks safer for students.
The district plans to extend the working hours of adult crossing guards after the accident last week, which took the life of an 11-year old girl and hurt another child.
The district says that this latest tragedy gives them an opportunity to improve school safety, not just where 11-year-old Michelle Solis was killed, but every school in the district.
Audrey Cardenas crosses the street on Wednesday afternoon. The same street where her friend Michelle Solis was hit and killed last week. They used to walk this same path together.
"What they did to Michelle, I'm scared now to walk because I feel like they are going to ran over me, and I don't want that,” said Cardenas.
Parents at Bill Sybert Elementary tell Newschannel 9 that even since the fatal accident, intersections around the school aren’t safe.
"(Changes) should have happened a long time ago. before this even happened. I mean there is, this is a school from kindergarten to eight grade. There is a lot of kids here,” said a parent.
Soccorro ISD Assistant Superintendent, Pat O'neill says that the district plans to have crossing guards monitor intersections an extra 45 minutes from now on. Michelle was killed 20 minutes after the guard shift ended.
"Right now we had some campuses that were extending the hours of their crossing guards. Others you know, it just depended. So what we are going to do is put in some standards to make it consistent across the district,” said O’Neill.
O'Neill says there's increased concern over student's safety since Michelle's death.
"Many of the parents have called us. We have been talking to the parents. After we've talked to them, we've kind of assured them what's happening and they feel a lot better,” said O’Neill.
Audrey Cardenas hopes changes comes soon, before another classmate is harmed.
"Yes, I want them to have guards so it could be more safe. They could have ran over someone else. I mean, it's just for the safety of everybody,” said Cardenas.
The driver in last week’s fatal accident has not been charged in the case.
Socorro ISD also says that it wants the city to put up more warning signs and lights, so that drivers are extra careful passing through school campuses.