High trafficked crosswalk raises safety concerns

High trafficked crosswalk raises safety concerns

GOSNELL, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 school and city are working to make a crosswalk safer for students.

Right beside the Gosnell School District is a crosswalk that crosses 4 lanes of traffic.

The city is concerned for many students' safety who use the crossing walk to and from school.

Superintendent Bonard Mace said the issue is one car might stop for a pedestrian and another vehicle might not.

Mace said students will begin to cross the road and realize not all vehicles will stop, which can be a dangerous situation.

The school and city are working together to make the crossing as safe as possible.

"We don't have all the answers to this," Mace said. "We have contacted the highway department and they have come down and have done a feasibility study. We've also kept communication with the mayor and the chief of police. We are looking for ideas that we can do to make it a safer crossing for the students."

Gosnell Police Chief Darrell Watkins said drivers need to stop and pay attention.

"The biggest issue is many people need to be refreshed on the law that pedestrians have the right away," Watkins said.

The city wants drivers to watch for anyone crossing and to keep pedestrians safe at all times.

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