New school year brings traffic concerns

Look out for kids, be patient, and slow down
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Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 21:45:24-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Fayette County Schools are back in session this week and officials are asking that motorists be aware of extra traffic on the roads.

Liberty Elementary School's Principal Lisa Kear tells LEX 18's Kylen Mills that they have over 750 kids coming to the school on Wednesday, and they have to know how all of them are getting home.

"We have to know how every single one of our students gets home. Every single day and we have to show that they got on that bus, that they got picked up in that car," said Kear.

The school sits at the busy intersection of Liberty Road and Star Shoot Parkway. There is also construction on Liberty Road, and a nearby bus depot adds to the congestion.

AAA is partnering with the school district and Lexington Police to urge drivers to take it slowly.

"Please pay attention. Please already have in your mind that a kid can dart across a street at any time, sometimes they may not even make it to a school crossing guard," said Sgt. Donnell Gordon with the Lexington Police Department.

It is important that drivers across Lexington don't pass school buses and stay on the look out for kids at bus stops, or crossing the street. It is also important to stay patient and slow down in school zones.

"It does get better, I promise, I promise the community it does start to move much more quickly, just give usfour or five days," said Kear.