No safety lights for the start of the school year

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – "In the morning it's chaotic because the parents are flying.  They're trying to get to work they're trying to get their kids to school," said parent Lisa House.

"Traffic blocks up a few blocks around small neighborhoods," said parent Jeremy Woods.

The plan was for kids to have a safer trip to and from school.  The city of Jonesboro wanted to install flashing solar lights at 15 elementary and junior high schools by the start of school, but that will not happen.

"I really wanted to have these installed before school started," said Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin.

Now the city and students have to wait.  Mayor Perrin said he started calling All Service Electric in May to get the project in their books.

"They had a much larger job and they're not going to be able to pull off that job until probably the first or middle of September.

Mayor Perrin said he doesn't blame the company for taking the full time they were given.  He wishes the time allowed was shorter than 270 days.

"I would like for someone to start taking a look at the number of days they give these companies to do these jobs because probably we could have had these in before school started," said Perrin.

A lot of kids who live close to their school walk to and from class and are put in danger at the busy times of day.

"It would be a lot easier for people who aren't really paying attention to the road to see the lights flash to get their attention," said student Christian West.

"I'm worried about a driver that's not keeping their focus on where they're supposed to be and heaven forbid they're not watching what they're supposed to be doing," said House.

Region 8 News tried to contact All Service Electric, but our calls were not returned.  Mayor Perrin said the company has until November 11th to finish the job.

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