School parking lot dangerous? Parents think so

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) - Imagine being scared to drop your kids off at school. That's exactly what several moms say they feel each day and feel the parking lot at their children's school is dangerous.

Twice a day the parking lot of Rimrock Elementary gets flooded with cars. Mother Paula Green drops her three boys off at Rimrock and says, "Its scary morning and afternoon."

Christy Crossley is also a mother with a girl at the school, she says, "Its pretty crazy a little chaotic with a lot of traffic.”

That traffic says Crossley is causing big problems. "Parents who park in the unloading zone," says Crossley.

Green says this parking frenzy creates dangerous blind spots for children walking through the parking lot. "It would take a second for a child to bend down, a driver to look up, think there's not a child there and drive forward,” says Green.

But this issue doesn't come as a surprise for the school faculty. Rimrock Elementary Principal Tami Kramer says, "The parking lot really has been an issue about since we opened." Kramer says 630 students now pack the school built for 500. "People park at the front of the school because there isn't another place to park," she says.

Kramer says the school talked with Fruita Police and District 51 officials to find a solution to the problem. Kramer says, "It comes down to not enough space."

Parents say the school has been working hard to address the issue but say now it's time for them to act. "Parents don't think that there's any kind of repercussions for parking," says Crossley. Green echoes that thought. "I would like to see something happen though someone out there assisting people," she says.

Green says she would even volunteer her time to act as parking enforcement. But says if she were to volunteer she would have no authority to enforce the rules. So for now she's making a plea to parents. "I don't know where the buck stops for safety enforcement. We are all adults, parents; I think we should just look out more for each other and each others kids."

School officials say they have a Fruita Police Officer help out with traffic when school lets out for the day.

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  • by BK Location: Fruita on Dec 7, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    I also have a child at Rimrock Elementary and am very aware of the situation. It really doesn't take a lot to figure out that a driver needs to be extremely careful while picking up there child. There is really nothingthe Staff members at Rimrock can do about it unlesss the School District wants to dump money into a parking lot and take away from extremely needed items for the children. My suggestion to the concerned parents is to do what I do. Aceept the situation. It last all of 20 minutes during a day. Then be aware, extremely aware of the children since the individual is driving in a school zone. The school zone begins away from the school and continues while a driver is in the parking lot.
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