APD to start more patrols after parent complaints of speeding by SE Austin elementary
The Austin Police Department is planning directed patrols around a Southeast Austin school after parents complained about speeders and drivers ignoring crossing guards.
APD said Friday it’s planning directed patrols around J. Houston Elementary. Officers will also talk with crossing guards and parents to figure out the problem.
This comes after CBS Austin talked with parents in the area who said they’ve seen people blatantly disregarding school crossing guards. Parents also said drivers regularly speed.
“Every single day you see cars like not going 30, not 20, they go 40 and up,” parent Maria Flores said.
Flores lives across the street from the school with her one and four-year-old sons. She says not only do cars speed and ignore crossing guards, but they sometimes race by the school.
“It is crazy,” Flores said. “There’s kids running around or going to the playground and they don’t really respect, they don’t care about it,” she said.
She says she’s never seen a child get hit, but she says cars have run over and killed three of her family’s dogs.
“And they were hit and run, no one stopped to help them or nothing,” Flores said.
She’s happy more officers will start patrolling the area. She says she’s called 911 a few times before, but says officers always got there too late.
Still even with officers possibly slowing drivers, she says when her kids get older they will not be walking to school.
“I don’t care if the school is like right in front of me but I would rather take them in my car than walking because I know there’s people that go crazy,” Flores said.
APD said if anyone sees a problem at any school they can call 311 or 911 if it’s an emergency.