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Waterloo parents want safer school zone

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After parents at one Waterloo school have seen too many close calls, they're asking for a safer school zone.

An eight-year-old was riding her bicycle on Idaho street near Highland Elementary school in Waterloo on Tuesday afternoon, when she was hit. The girl was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay. 

But Highland Elementary parent Brandi Fry says this hasn't been the first time a child or pedestrian was hit by a car near the school.

Before school begins, and when school is out, kids are bustling back and forth. Kids walking home from school, trying to cross the street, all while trying to avoid the cars coming down Idaho street. 

"I scare for my kids everyday," said Fry. "Even them not walking by themselves, me walking with them."

Fry has two children who go to Highland elementary, a kindergartner and a fourth grader. After she's witnessed cars speeding in front of the school, she decided to not allow her kids to walk to school anymore.  

"Because there's no sign saying to stop or yield," said Fry. "They just drive straight through and don't even slow down."

 The only signs posted on Idaho street are yellow crosswalk signs. There is also a crosswalk stoplight, and only gives children eight seconds to cross the street. 

Fry says even though there are cross-guards, there needs to be a safer school zone for these kids.

"Some kind of signs posted saying slow down, that this is a school zone," said Fry.  "And some sort of yield or stop signs in the next street saying yield to pedestrians, yield to kids. You know anybody in the neighborhood, you know not just kids, anybody walking needs to feel safe."

Fry has taken matters into her own hand, making a petition to make the streets around the school safer. The petition asks to add more signs along the street to warn drivers of the school zone ahead. Fry believe that more flashing school zone signs will help. 

Fry has about 40 signatures on the petition. She says she's waiting to get more before she brings the petition in front of City Council. 

Other parents, who are just as concerned agree with Fry. 

"So it's something that needs to be done, not wait until something bad happens," said parent Angie Stoneman. "Just do it. It needs to be done."

"If it weren't for my two year old, I would be knocking door-to-door trying to get some action," said Fry.

KWWL did reach out to Waterloo Police on a number of incidents involving drivers and pedestrians at this intersection. Police were unable to give us this information at this time. 

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