Neighbors: Drivers endangering school kids on busy road

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Neighbors claim a road in Albuquerque has become a dangerous place for kids, and it sits right between a school and homes.

There are signs posted, flashing lights, and of course, the posted speed limit.

“People really don’t care,” Lily Robles told KRQE News 13.

Robles, along with neighbors on Comanche in northeast Albuquerque, right across from McKinley Middle School, says it is downright dangerous.

“That’s really terrifying as a parent to just think like ‘OK well, one slip-up and that’s it for those kiddos,'” said Robles.

Her 3-year-old son is autistic, and rides the bus every morning. However, Robles said getting her son on and off the bus safely isn’t so easy, with speeders zipping by.

“I’m in the middle of the road too,” said Robles. “If that was your kid, wouldn’t you want somebody to stop for you?”

KRQE News 13 went to check out just how fast people were driving right across the street from the school.

A radar gun and KRQE News 13 camera caught drivers completely ignoring the speed limit, some driving more than 40 mph right outside the school zone.

When middle schoolers got out at 3:05 p.m. Monday, it was clear just how close kids and cars are getting.

“A lot of cars don’t pay attention to the lights flashing or anything, they just go whatever speed they feel like going,” said Daniel Bonsell, Assistant Principal of McKinley Middle School.

“Some don’t even stop at the crosswalk when there’s kids there, and we’re trying to tell them to stop,” Bonsell added.

It’s gotten to the point that Bonsell and staff have taken it upon themselves to help direct traffic when school gets out.

“Just slow down,” Bonsell wants to tell drivers. “I know there are kids too, and they’re playing when they’re leaving so they’re not thinking, you’ve got to kind of think for them.”

Neighbors said City Councilor Diane Gibson looked at the problem a while back. Since then, there’s been small medians added where kids cross Comanche, and more reflectors placed along the road.

But there’s one more thing neighbors would like to see.

“I would like to see more police officers giving out tickets,” said Evie McIlrath, who lives on Comanche across from the middle school.

Maybe that instead of an accident, McIlrath said, would help get their point across.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Albuquerque police about the concern. A spokeswoman said they’ll be glad to send officers to patrol the area and help make sure students are safe.

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