Sheriff Says Some Kermit Elementary Students Are In Danger 9/16/13
CBS 7 News
KERMIT, TX-Some Kermit Elementary students may be in danger because of their parents' actions.
Parents have been parking on the shoulder lane of East Highway 115, one of the busiest highways in Kermit, and have been crossing the highway to get their kids to school.
Winkler County Sheriff George Keely says he’s taking initiative to help avoid any potential accidents involving students and parents crossing the highway.
Sheriff Keely says that with daylight savings time approaching, mornings will be darker, creating a greater risk for accidents to occur.
"Although you're suppose to slow down because there's school zones, everybody doesn't slow down, and there's a lot of traffic down there. Also, if you're going east bound, the sun is in your eyes and you can't see very well, so it’s a real hazard," said Sheriff Keely.
Keely says both the Sheriff’s Office and Kermit Police Department, try to patrol all the schools in the area on a daily basis, but sometimes they just aren't able to because of other traffic calls in the area.
Danny Camp, Kermit Elementary Assistant Principal, says they've sent flyers home with students warning parents not to park on the sides of the highway.
"Since we have more students than before, we just want to make sure all students are safe," said Camp.
Sheriff Keely says they haven't cited anyone yet, and are hoping parents will be self-compliant. He says if they have to start handing out tickets, then that's what they'll do.
Sheriff Keely plans on meeting with City Manager, Pete Kampfer, today to discuss posting up signs near Kermit Elementary, which would read "No Parking at Anytime" on the shoulder lane, with the emergencies being the only exception.