Changing traffic signal creating issues for students, staff of Chesterfield schools

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 8:16 AM

 (KMOV) –   Parents and school officials say kids’ safety is in immediate danger with sporadically changing traffic light in front Chesterfield school.

It’s easy to get into a routine with a daily commute, but for those who live near Chesterfield Elementary and Chesterfield Academy, that means streaming through a flashing yellow light at the intersection of Wild Horse Creek Road.

“People just become complacent to the fact that it's going to flash. so people who travel in this area a lot are just expecting it to flash so they're not looking, not paying attention,” said Tracie Axley, Chesterfield Academy Director.

But just before and after school, the light switches to a fully-functioning red, yellow and green traffic signal. According to Chesterfield police, drivers not looking out for the change have caused several crashes this year alone.

 A teacher at the Academy was sent to the hospital when another driver blew through a red light. A parent, Catherin Grasso’s car was totaled in a similar situation with her 2-year-old son in the back seat.

“The car that was coming up to the red light didn't stop so when the light turned green I started to go and the car she didn't stop, she didn't hit her brakes. She just rammed into my car,” said Grasso.

Calls to the Missouri Department of Transportation went unanswered regarding this issue.

Even school administrators have reached out to get a fully-functioning light at all hours but no action yet.

“To ensure the safety of our families and children and employees it should be working at the time of operation of both schools,” said Axley. 

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