Students dodge traffic going home from school

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

April 30, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Caught on tape and only on News 12, students crossing a dangerous intersection.

Parents say they couldn't believe their eyes when they saw it for themselves...and the school board says it's not their responsibility.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the intersection of Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road is one of Augusta's most dangerous intersections, with the highest number of accidents.

But students are forced to walk across it every day. For some students, those eight lanes of traffic are the only way home from school.

With no sidewalks and no crossing guards, Bungalow Alternative School students are left to fend for themselves.

We saw two students make it across one side of the highway safely...but when they tried cross the next four lanes, a minivan came within inches of hitting them.

"It made me sick," said Greg Collier with Parents United. "Most people wouldn't even let their pets cross the street, but they're allowing our children to cross the street?"

We waited another 20 minutes, and it wasn't long before more students tried it.

Some made it across with ease, and others cut it close...a little too close.

"We can't be reactive when a child's life is at stake," Collier said.

But the school system tells News 12 it's not their problem, because the students are being sent to the Alternative School for disciplinary reasons. They say it's the parents' responsibility to get their child safely to and from school.

We decided to show our tape to Richmond County school board member Eloise Curtis.

"You don't think it's the school's responsibility to make sure kids are safe?" we asked her.

"We are," she said. "That's what we're doing. We wish we didn't have any kids at the Alternative School."

"We need to hold them accountable," Collier said. "When the guy gets hit and dies they hire a crossing guard then? It's too late."

Good news though. The Department of Transportation says they do have plans to make some pedestrian upgrades at this intersection and plan on putting in a crosswalk. They just don't know how soon it will be.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is responsible for hiring school crossing guards. They say if it continues to be a problem and they get more complaints from parents, they will take another look at it.

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  • by anonymous Location: hephzibah on Dec 18, 2008 at 07:21 PM
    of course nothing willl get done about it. the man over the crossing guards and the super intendent are to worried about what people post on the computer about other family members . instead of the safety of the children, instead of them being employees they are friends . thats what is wrong with the society these days they are racial people and dont care about know one but themselves, what has our county turned into, if someone actually looked at the documents and seen how they have people working and put someone who knew how to train people instaed of just saying mrs so in so u r fired. then maybe we would have enough crossing quards to help out this intersection, its not the childrens fault its the parents. the question is . when it was a public school there was a crossing quard out there now all because its a alternative school its not, like i said who ever reads this read between the lines and maybe something will get done.
  • by C Location: Augusta on May 2, 2007 at 04:15 AM
    I take notice to this intersection everytime I come to it. It seems that crosswalks would be standard, not only for the students but for everyone as a pedestrian. Don't wait for something bad to happen before a change is made here.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2007 at 07:13 AM
    Why is it taking so long to help these kids cross the streets. Do anybody care how they cross those streets? They are not going to do anything until a child dies crossing that street. Where is the concern for our children who has to cross the streets in our community?
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