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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Some Parents Fear For The Safety Of Their Children

February 16, 2005 -- Posted at 11:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Parents line Cobb Street waiting to pick up their children from the Sixth Grade Academic Center.

For two hours each day, it's a one way street -- but some people are not obeying the rules.

"I have seen two or three near accidents, and one accident, in the crosswalk, where children almost get hit from people coming up this street the wrong way," said parent, Bill Prewitt.

Many parents share that fear.

"I am afraid we are going to end up with another accident in front of the schools. Parents aren't supposed to get those phone calls," said another parent, Karen Sallas.

Aside from going the wrong way on a one way street--parents say even though there's a speed limit sign there--it's often ignored.

Unfortunately, officers say some drivers just don't realize they are driving in a school zone between 7:30-8:30 in the morning, and 2:30-3:30 in the afternoon.

Officers do patrol that area heavily, and write tickets.

"We really want to get it out to the motoring public that they can avoid those areas around the schools at those critical times,"said Police Sergeant, Steve McDaniel.

"If you don't have a child over here, you don't need to be over here,"said Sallas.

Prewitt says avoiding the area would help, but it may not be enough.

"I'd like to see them put an officer here a couple days a week, or at least until they people broke from doing this," said Prewitt.

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