13 CPS students hit in crosswalks this year; pedestrian safety rally set for Friday

Thirteen Cincinnati Public School students have been hit by cars while walking to school or the bus during the 2018-2019 school year. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Thirteen Cincinnati Public School students have been hit by cars while walking to school or the bus during the 2018-2019 school year.

That’s why parents and community leaders are rallying outside Dater High School on Friday. Rally organizers say they want a bigger focus on pedestrian safety across the Queen City.

“I drop my child off in the mornings, but I encounter the crossing guard entering into traffic and letting children across,” said Ryan Messer, a Cincinnati Public Schools board member.

Police say four crossing guards were working at Covedale School near where a student was hit Thursday morning. Nearby at Dater High School, a marked police car with flashing lights was within 20 feet of where another student was hit.

“Let’s face it; people are distracted today. They're on their phone, they're texting,” said Messer.

That's why Messer says the city of Cincinnati has to go above and beyond to protect walkers.

“We don't have flashing lights around our high schools, and while the city says that's not required by law, in many cases, it makes good sense to do that,” said Messer.

Retired police officer Derek Bauman, who is planning Friday's rally, agrees more needs to be done.

“I’m worried about myself getting hit. It's not just kids. It's adults; it's a lot of folks,” said Bauman.

Calling for traffic-calming measures and more crossing guards.

“We see kids in our crosswalks getting mowed down left and right, so anything we can do to protect them, we want our schools and our leaders working together to make sure our kids are safe,” said Bauman.

Messer says they're trying, but they can't even get a call back.

“Our superintendent has reached out and we have yet to hear back from the chief of police,” said Messer.

The rally is set for Friday at Dater High School at 7 a.m.

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