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Parents, kids start crosswalk safety before school starts

Reported by: Krystal Allan
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Updated: 8/20/2012 1:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- As students head back to school, we're focusing on crosswalks and how to make them safer for our kids.

It's an issue we've been following closely here at News 3.

This morning, the community did its part to practice crosswalk safety.

They gathered near Blue Diamond and South Durango. Their goal: to equip kids with knowledge and make the public more aware.

It's often said you play how you practice.

By scooter and by foot, these kids came to practice street safety so they can play it safe when school starts next week.

It's what brought parent Ryshawnda Grant out with her second-grader, Mariah.

“I thought it was important for her to experience the walk,” she said.

Crossing guards say it's not just the kids they're trying to educate but also drivers.

Both they and parents say drivers commit some dangerous offenses on a frequent basis.

Usually, three crossing guards stand post at the intersection of Gomez and South Durango. As of now, there's only one.

Metro, which coordinates the program, says there is a crossing guard shortage. People have retired or decided not to come back. This means, for now, according to crossing guard Colleen Marchant, there won't be any yellow vests at the intersection.

“The concern is the kids will have to cross on their own and their use to having crossing guards, so there's a huge need for crossing guards,” Marchant said.

With kids and parents trying to step up to do their part to be safe, those who came out say it's just as important for those behind the wheel to think safety for the sake of our youngest, most vulnerable residents.
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