Traffic build up creates safety issue

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Afternoon traffic near a New Mexico elementary school has many sick and elderly neighbors concerned.

They say their streets are so packed with cars, emergency crews wouldn’t be able to get to them if they needed help.

Neighbors say traffic is the worst around 3 p.m. when parents are picking their kids up from Valley View Elementary School.

“They pull in, end to end of their cars, they will block the driveway and not think anything of it,” said Kurt Greer.

Greer lives near the school. He says every afternoon his front yard becomes a parking lot.

“My street is just wall-to-wall people,” he said.

Greer’s been fighting epilepsy for years. He says there’s no way an ambulance could get to him through the traffic.

“My biggest fear is not having medical attention when absolutely necessary,” he said.

He said he’s already had to call 911 twice this year.

“I have no clue when my seizures are about to happen, so they’re playing Russian roulette,” Greer said.

School officials say this is the first traffic complaint they’re aware of.

“I don’t know anything about complaints about Valley View,” said Roswell Schools Superintendent Tom Burris.

Burris says the school is undergoing construction and that’s what’s causing the traffic build up.

“We are in the construction phase of a lot of schools, so give us a little bit of patience with that,” he said.

Greer says he understands school construction is important, but he’s worried about his health.

“It would just take a couple of minutes and something very serious could happen,” he said.

The Roswell superintendent says the construction at the elementary school will include additional parking.

School officials say they expect the construction to be finished in December.

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