School district to look at bus stop safety
Some Lee County parents continue calling for change to their kids' school bus stops in the interest of safety. Video by fox4now.comvideo
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Some Lee County parents continue calling for change to their kids' school bus stops in the interest of safety.
Just last week a student was critically injured while wating for her bus.
And 4 In Your Corner has learned school board member Don Armstrong has asked the superintendent to start a transportation safety audit.
But one parent just hopes nothing happens to her kids in the meantime.
"We don't have sidewalks, and we have a lot of construction going on, and the landscaping crew is always on the side of the road early in the morning," says mom Allison Brown.
And that's inside Cape Coral's Royal Tee private community.
Allison Brown is upset the Lee County School District moved her kids' bus stop from inside the community 2-and-a-half miles away and onto busy Pine Island Road.
"It's just totally unsafe and uncalled for," she adds.
Allison is also fuming over a letter sent out to all parents stating students who live in gated communities or on private roads will have to use a bus stop on a public road.
The letter goes on to say students could have to walk up to a mile-and-a-half to get to a designated stop.
For Allison's kids, that amounts to 5 miles round trip.
"We should not get penalized for living in a private community. That's just ridiculous," she says.
And once her kids get to Pine Island Road, she fears for their safety: "It's unsafe. I can see a child getting hurt in a way that has already happened once this school year."
School board member Don Armstrong who walked that very route in the Royal Tee community last year agreed to interview with us.
"We have to continue to look at the safety, and I've asked the superintendent to start looking at some of these stops and do a safety audit", says Armstrong.
Armstrong says any and all stops will be reviewed, even stops that have been established for years.
"...Just because 10 years ago that bus stop was safe, but the times have changed," adds Armstrong.
No word on when this transportation safety audit will happen.
We will make sure to stay on top of it.