Drivers Not Slowing Near Binghamton Elementary School

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 3, 2007 at 6:39 PM EDT

Sabina Hernandez picks up her 5 year old son, Jose every afternoon here at the Calvin Coolidge School in Binghamton.

She's one of many parents who want to make sure their kids get home safely.

"The drivers are outrageous here. They don't have any respect for the safety of the kids. They are speeding and they aren't paying attention," says Hernandez.

About 200 kids are dismissed every afternoon along busy Robinson street and even though school speed limit signs are flashing, drivers aren't slowing down.

Sharon Nieminski is a member of Binghamton's east side neighborhood assembly.

She's one of about 40 members that live around the Calvin Coolidge school, and say many have the same fears.

"We're going to loose a child or someone is going to get hurt and we're very concerned, people beep at me when they feel I'm going too slow." says Nieminsk.

The city of Binghamton did place these crosswalks in front of the school but, Calvin Coolidge's principal says it's still not enough.

"This morning I was walking across the crosswalk that you can see right there and I had a lady in a jeep drive right through and almost hit me," says principal Dave Constantine.

Constantine says the two crossing guards on duty help, but he wants to see more of these flashing lights and police patrols to enforce school zone speed limit.

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan says he plans to work with the school district and city councilmen on ways to make the area safer.

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