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Sep 6, 2013 6:17 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: Dangerous School Traffic Congestion in Kingsville

KINGSVILLE - Some concerned parents in Kingsville called 6 News to tell us about a dangerous situation in front of Perez Elementary School.

Construction work there is causing some traffic congestion, and parents are worried about the safety of their children when they drop them off or pick them up.

Traffic from Perez, the high school next door, and navy base traffic all tends to flow through the same little two lane street in front of Perez.

The cars are funneled into a one way in, one way out pick up zone, and then cars have to fight each other to get out onto the small two lane road.

Cars turning left and right out of the school have trouble seeing the oncoming traffic.

Cherie Flores's two children go to Perez. She says many drivers are reckless. They talk and text on their cell phones. And some use what she says are unsafe tactics to avoid the lines.

"I've seen parents being very dangerous with their children. They've been dropping them off in the middle of the street, exiting from both sides of the vehicle," she says.

She wants to know if police can monitor the street by having an officer there in the mornings and afternoons to keep drivers civil.

Kingsville P.D says that's unrealistic, and they don't have the resources to do it. They say they have tons of other calls to respond to everyday around the city.

And even when they can get an officer out there, inevitably, one of those calls comes in, and the officer has to respond.

The School District says once construction is done, the traffic will go through the three lane parking lot for drop offs and pickups, hopefully making the street less congested.

Flores says that won't work, because drivers will still fight each other to get out of the parking lot and onto the small street.

That construction was supposed to be done before the school year started.

The District says those construction delays have come from sub contractors leaving for better work related to Eagle Ford Shale.

The District does have staff direct traffic when possible.

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