KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Some local parents are voicing safety concerns about their children walking to and from school. It all has to do with an intersection that has plenty of traffic but no crossing guard. Those parents believe it’s an accident waiting to happen.
It’s not just the number of vehicles that has some parents concerned about what’s called ‘Kingston Corners’. “Because they just fly down that street… on the ave,” said. Randi Fischer. Her sixth grade son, Bryan, and some other Wyoming Valley West Middle School students cross Wyoming Avenue at Market Street on their way to and from school. Barely two weeks into the school year, she says he’s already had a brush with danger. “He’s had a close call about getting hit by a car. He had to back up.”
Ms. Fischer and fellow Wyoming Valley West Middle School mom Ruthie Golightly say there needs to be a school crossing guard there. “I was crossing and I almost got hit and I’m an adult and these are little kids,” said Ms. Golightly. Ms. Fischer added, “Someone’s going to get hit. If it’s not going to be one kid it’s going to be a group of kids.”
Wyoming Valley West School officials say crossing guards are provided at three other intersections for middle school students. The moms want Kingston Corners added to the list. The two moms say after they took their concerns to the district, they were told their kids should cross at Pringle Street and Wyoming Avenue. But the moms say by doing that it takes away shortcuts and increases their kids’ commute time on foot.
Wyoming Valley West School District Director of Transportation Kim Alfano says a safety study must be done to see if having a crossing guard at Kingston Corners makes sense. “We have to evaluate how complicated it would be to step out into traffic to stop the traffic because we don’t want them getting hit.”
WVW School District crossing guard Diane Roche says that intersection is challenging. “I think that would be a very, very hard place to get the kids across.”
After Eyewitness News began asking questions, Ms. Alfano says she will now request Kingston borough’s input on providing a possible crossing guard at Kingston Corners.