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Parents Concerned about Safety Near Sumner Co. Elementary School

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by Emily Luxen

PORTLAND, Tenn. - Some Sumner County parents are speaking out about a dangerous road near an elementary school, in hopes of spurring changes.

Portland Gateview Elementary School is located near the intersection of Tennessee Highway 52 and Gateview Drive.  Parents say there are no traffic lights, crossing guards or school zones near the school.

After an accident this week, and several other close calls, parents say they want something done to increase safety for students and drivers.

"In my opinion, I would like to see a stoplight, or traffic light, so people leaving the school both ways have a fair chance to get out," said Amanda Key, a parent of a first grader.

"Cars are always flying by on Highway 52, and it is impossible to get out of the school," said parent Marietta Luna. "You have to make sure it's clear.  Don't ever take a chance."

Parents said they have contacted school officials, city and county leaders, and State Representative William Lamberth about the problem. 

"Parents I've spoken to are definitely concerned about the speed of traffic out there, and the volume of traffic," said Rep. William Lamberth, a Republican from Cottontown.

Rep. Lamberth said he is working with local law enforcement officials to get officers to patrol the area.  He added Tennessee Department of Transportation officials will be out at the intersection as early as next week to see what can be done.  Rep. Lamberth said it may be a slow process, but the wheels are turning.

"The state is definitely working on it, in conjunction with the city and county here."

A spokesman for Sumner County Schools said since the road in question is a state highway, TDOT will have to oversee any changes.  Officials with the district can only manage dismissal and traffic in and out of the school as best they can.

Parents said changes can't come soon enough. 

"It would be really bad for a child to get hurt or killed because of the carelessness of not having a school zone in front of our school," said Key.  "I hope something happens soon."


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