CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cars speed by and young students are left hugging narrow sidewalks, so NewsChannel 36 investigated a dangerous south Charlotte road.
Every morning and every afternoon, Jim Wheeler puts down traffic cones along Rea Road near Olde Providence Road. He's not a traffic cop but he's a worried dad who walks his first-grade son to Olde Providence Elementary School every day.
“I do it twice a day, in the morning and afternoon. Every day,” Wheeler said. “It’s got to be done."
Neighbor Pat Mihalko walks her granddaughter to school and is forced to dart across Rea Road. Mihalko reached out to NewsChannel 36.
“I'm getting frustrated and fed up with how people just speed by," Mihalko said.
The thin sidewalk is crowded with students and their parents during a typical afternoon as cars zoom by just a few feet away.
It took NewsChannel 36 no time to clock cars going 20 miles above the speed limit of 25 miles-an-hour in a school zone.
And it’s not just cars—parents complain even school buses speed. Sure enough, we caught buses going a few miles above the speed limit.
Parents say a crosswalk light at the corner of Windyrush and Rea roads could help the problem. In the meantime, Wheeler will continue putting down his traffic cones, doing his part to keep his corner safe.
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