High School Takes Action to Keep Students Safe | News
LAS VEGAS -- After a serious traffic accident and other close calls outside Cimarron-Memorial High School, the principal has found a way to make it safer for students.
When classes let out at school, there are hundreds of students crossing near Tenaya Way and Smoke Ranch Road as they make their way home.
Parents and students say it used to be like playing a game of Frogger to get across the street. It's a dangerous mix of as many as 300 kids, numerous cars, and not enough clearly marked crosswalks.
"The cars don't even stop," Cimarron-Memorial student Miriam Moreno said.
After one of the students was hit by a car at the beginning of the school year, Principal Joe Cursso started standing outside the school to make sure students cross the street safely.
"Make sure kids wait. Try to cross in a path and don't cut in front of cars," he said. "Whether it's the custodian, the secretary, the principal, or the teacher, we have to work together."
"The bell rings and you'd see a mob of people coming out," said parent Julie Smith. She says between school police blocking traffic for buses, and staff monitoring crosswalks, she's noticed both drivers and students are behaving better.
"It's been a lot quicker, they're getting across the street, they're not hanging out in the street and talking with everybody."
Students notice a difference too. "It's better for us to have adults out there because it seems like the cars have been slowing down," Moreno said.
Because drivers often go faster than the posted 15 miles per hour speed limit, the school was able to team up with the school police and Metro and get extra patrol units.
"We're fortunate we have two school police officers and a sergeant in the area that come in and work with us to try and divert traffic," Cursso said.
By subtracting safety threats and multiplying the number of adults present, it is now safer for Cimarron-Memorial students who cross the street.
High schools are not assigned crossing guards.