HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - With school starting again, it's important to remember to drive carefully in school zones, especially those without crossing guards.
The Bailey Cove Road and Hobbs Road intersection is without a crossing guard now. A viewer contacted us, worried this is a problem for students and drivers. WHNT News 19 took action and spoke with the police department's safety patrol liaison, Conchita Williams, who said there's good reason for this.
"The numbers of students utilizing the crosswalk were very low. Um at some days there were no students crossing at all," she said.
After a full year of monitoring the numbers, the police department decided to close the position at the end of last school year, with the principal's consent.
"We notified Challenger elementary and middle school so the parents would have time over the summer to make arrangements for this year," she said.
Williams said safety is their utmost priority. She said they sure the children were well prepared for the change.
"Traffic engineering worked with us and installed new pedestrian-friendly buttons for the children to push. We worked with the students before we closed the post teaching them how to push the buttons, how to wait to cross over."
Williams said if there's a need, they will go back into the school and reinforce the change to students. But for now, she wants to remind people to be vigilant.
"Watch for children, watch for cars, and always assume there's going to be a child in the area crossing over. Just drive slow."
Williams said the most important, for all school zones, is to slow down. Williams also wanted to ease parents minds about safety concerns, and remind them that there is a police presence in the area monitoring school zones.