Safety Cones No Longer Allowed at Clovis Unified Crosswalks

Published 09/03 2014 06:33PM

Updated 09/03 2014 06:49PM

There's new concern about crosswalk safety in Clovis.  Last week, the Clovis Unified School District started enforcing a state law that bans schools from using orange safety cones at crosswalks.  The law has been affect for many years, but it was recently brought to the attention of school and city officials.  Some people say it's only putting kids in danger.

On an extremely busy street, hundreds of young kids use crosswalks to get to and from Maple Creek Elementary School, but just recently something went missing.

Volunteer crossing guard Charles McGough says, "As of right now, no more cones.  Period."

McGough has been a volunteer crossing guard for 15 years.  Last Friday, he was told he can no longer use orange safety cones.

"It was dangerous before.  Now you're just taking it and making it ten times worse," says McGough

Clovis Unified says it had to make the district wide change, because it's state law.  Unauthorized people are not allowed to use cones or certain signage to impede or direct traffic; not even crossing guards.  McGough says he's not directing drivers, instead he's warning them to slow down.

McGough says, "This is just safety.  If you put a cone there people will see it. If there are no cones and you sit here and watch, they haul butt."

Speeding cars and crosswalks just don't mix.  Some parents we talked to say they're surprised by the change.

Jen Harding says, "That seems silly to me.  It's the safety of an individual."

Clovis Unified says it hopes drivers will now pay even more attention in school zones.  Meanwhile, McGough says he'll take his concerns to city council if he has to, in hopes of finding a solution before it's too late.

"Somebody is going to get hit.  If not at this school, at one of the other schools," says McGough.

Clovis Unified officials say when it comes to the cones, their hands are tied because they have to comply with state law, but they did say brighter signs or even crosswalks lights could be an option in the future.

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