Edmond officials looking into bus stop intersection after teen hit by car
EDMOND, Okla. — Edmond school administrators are taking a second look at the location of a school bus stop that was the scene of a hit and run this week. It happened before the sun came up Monday morning near the intersection of Northeast 122nd and Ecker Drive.
Chelsey Isaacs said, “I saw headlights and then I woke up on the side of the road.”
Isaacs was injured by a motorist who never stopped. She literally crawled to a neighbor’s home for help.
Fortunately, she’s going to be okay but so far, no arrests have been made in the case.
The bus stop is located at an intersection Chelsey’s mother and other neighbors fear is a safety hazard.
Edmond school officials say 20-percent of the nearly 8,000 kids who are transported by bus each day live in rural areas. Some of those students wait along busy roads.
While they are looking at moving Chelsey’s bus stop residents in the area say it’s not just the bus stop but the traffic that needs to see change.
Susan Parks-Schlepp, with Edmond Public Schools, said, “We’re talking with the parents communicating with them about where we can move that.”
School officials say when it comes to moving a bus stop there are a lot of things to consider.
Parks-Schlepp said, “Is the road too narrow? What’s the condition of the road? Are there low overhanging trees and, most importantly, can the bus driver safely turn around on that street?”
Residents say they are concerned about how fast drivers go through the area.
The speed limit along Northeast 122nd Street is generally 45 miles per hour, but just before you get to Ecker Drive, headed west, drivers see a sign changing the speed temporarily to 35 miles per hour.
We wanted to find out if they are obeying the lower speed. We went to the area with a radar gun to find out how fast drivers were going.
Not everyone was breaking the law. However, many drivers were going 50 miles an hour or more as they came over the hill, passing the 35 mile per hour sign. We clocked one driver going 73 miles an hour.
Jim Perkins lives next to the busy road.
He said, “I saw you with that gun and I thought that’s exactly what this area needs.”
Residents, like Jim, know 122nd Street is not the only road with a problem. Bus drivers say traffic is always a big concern for them.
Mary Sever, an Edmond bus driver, said, “So many people in the cars think they’re in a bigger hurry than everyone else.”
School officials say students, just like Chelsey, are out as early as 6:30 in the morning waiting to catch the bus in the dark. They say drivers need to make it a point to slow down.
Sever said, “If you see buses on the road there are going to be kids on street corners waiting for buses.”
Residents say they did notice an officer out for a while Tuesday morning. At least one person was pulled over.
They hope that officer will be back Wednesday to stop more speeders.