WAYNESBORO -- School safety is a common topic, but what about getting to school safely? And with less than a week until school starts, one school crossing in Waynesboro is giving parents nightmares.
"We were both terrified because we could see what could have happened," Michael Whorley said, talking about his close call. He was walking his six-year-old grandson home from school afternoon when they were nearly hit by an oncoming car. "She [the driver] was very close, probably three feet...and then she looked up and could suddenly see what had happened."
It was a near miss - something police and parents alike say happens way too often in front of Westwood Hills Elementary School. Kids have to cross nearly four lanes where Rosser Avenue and Forrest Drive meet. And with all the traffic that goes by on that road, a lot of parents and grandparents are concerned about the safety of their kids.
Waynesboro police officers are there to help kids cross the intersection before and after school.
"They're going to do everything they can do to keep those kids safe," Sergeant Brian Edwards said, "but we've had a lot of near misses."
After all, they are crossing guards, not guardian angels.
"All they have is a whistle and courage when they step out there," he said.
Meanwhile, Whorley hopes something is done to make the intersection safer, before a close call becomes calamity.
"Show us what we can do here to avoid having to build another legacy of pedestrian safety based on a tragedy," he said. "We'd like that legacy to be something where everyone has stepped up to the plate - citizens as well as city leaders - in order to make this a safe crossing."
Waynesboro city manager Michael Hamp said the city is looking to improve that crossing as part of its "Safe Routes to School" project.
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