Resident Driveway Woes 9/10/13
CBS 7 News
September 10, 2013
Odessa, TX - Its like clock work by 2:30 in the afternoon parents are already pulling up to pick up their students after school at Pease Elementary but come 3:00 p.m. there is a line of cars and trucks wrapped around several blocks.
“It has gotten so bad you literally can't get out of your own driveway,” said resident Haley Akers who tries to avoid this time period along with the morning rush.
She says when drivers block her driveway on 22nd street it's a safety issue she doesn't want to deal with.
“I have kids, I can't get out if something happens,” she said “It's crazy and disrespectful.”
On the front end, teachers and staff have an organized process of getting kids safely out the door and in the car.
A yellow tag with a number is linked with each student.
The Ector County Independent School District says this process has not changed from last year and the enrollment of 830 students has not increased.
The district says perhaps fewer students are walking or taking the bus but in the end they cant help what the drivers do in the process of picking up their kids.
According to Odessa Police blocking a driveway is illegal even if they're behind the wheel with the engine running, but many drivers didn’t know this.
Drivers are required to move into a single file line to get out of moving traffic's way
“I like how they pull over to the side,” Haley said, “But at least stop blocking the driveways,”
An Odessa Police Department spokesperson says its normal to have many residents call during the beginning of each school year but after everyone adapts to their schedule those calls will decrease.