Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 14 October 2011 08:35
MISSION — The growing population and the traffic congestion created in Mission, especially around schools, caused concerns among the Traffic Safety Committee after a child was hit at a crosswalk near Castro Elementary last month.
The Traffic Safety Committee and Mission Police Department came up with additional precautions to be used where traffic is congested around Castro Elementary and Mission Junior High. Ordinances based on these concerns were passed at Monday’s city council meeting.
Assistant Police Chief Martin Garza said the incident at Castro Elementary occurred at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 21 when a mother dropped her child off in an area that was not in the loading and unloading zone.
The parent, who parked in a “no parking, no standing zone,” was watching her child cross the street. But she struck another child in the crosswalk at the corner of Mayberry and Citriana streets as she started to move while still watching her child. Police said crossing guards had finished their shift in watching the crossing zones, so the child was crossing by himself.