El Paso — The city's Department of Transportation is trying to spread the word tonight about an important tool aimed at keeping students safe. School zone flasher signals are installed near schools to slow traffic. However, some residents aren't convinced these signals do enough.
"We're hungry and we need to eat," Noreen Nodarte, a high school student says. With that kind of mentality, students rush across the street to join the lunch hour rush. Creating traffic and a potentially dangerous situation.
"We're trying to get to lunch and you know, we got to have our own safety too," Abraham Aragon, another high school student says. However it's not just students who are in a hurry, drivers speed through the streets near Hanks High School in El Paso.
Rauel Pino owns Froyo Lovers in the Eastern part of the city. She knows all too well what this area is like during lunchtime, "I already know I should take all the back roads cause otherwise this will be unreachable for 15 to 20 minutes," Raquel Pino tells NewsChannel 9.
Despite the mess, City Traffic Engineer Rudy Pino has one suggestion, "We get many requests for school flashers throughout the year," Pino states. School districts are in charge of paying for 100 percent of school zone flasher signal lights. These lights can cost $50,000 on up for each installation. But these lights are not a guarantee motorists and even pedestrians will abide by the law.
"Like some people go faster, even when the speed limit is 20 they go faster," Kimberly Ramirez a high school student says.
Raquel Pino agrees with Kimberly. She even suggests a pedestrian bridge, "That's the only thing I can think of, cause otherwise you can put lights but it's still going to stop traffic at one point or another," Pino remarks.
Lights, bridge, or even changing motorists and students mindsets, "It's our fault too because... you're supposed to press the thing to walk like some of them just walk so that's why they're rude," high school student Noreen Nodarte says. Which will make the traffic slower and the streets safer.