Police plan increased presence after boy hit by car

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say over the past two weeks, dangerous situations at school crosswalks have spiked.

"This is something we abate every year, but never to this degree. We've had complaints of operators that are ignoring or disregarding our crossing guards, disregarding stop signs, disregarding red lights, speeding in school zones," said Lt. JJ Lombardi of the Lexington Division of Police.

That finally came to a head Friday morning when a 6-year-old boy was hit by a car in a crosswalk in front of Lansdowne Elementary. Police said the driver went through a red light and ignored the crossing guard. In response, police will focus on the ten crosswalk areas with the most problems.

Police say one of the biggest trouble spots is at Woodland and Maxwell. People who are in the crosswalk every day said they've seen their share of problems.

"Lot of red light runners. It makes me mad," said crossing guard Sharon Land. She's been a crossing guard for more than twenty years.

"Cars are stopped in the straight lane, they'll take the turn lane and shoot through and I have to be careful when I go out that they're not running through because they will run the light. You got to make sure to keep kids safe," she said.

Land takes her job seriously. Parents say guards like her, plus an increased police presence should help ease the problem.

"It'll make people a little more conscious of it and definitely make them slow down," said Harlan Reynolds, father of a third-grader at Maxwell Elementary.

Police plan to have an increased presence for at least the next two weeks.

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