“Children’s lives are at stake,” School safety concerns brought before council

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – There’s a call to action to keep local kids safe.

News 10 first talked to concerned residents about a school zone in Terre Haute last week.

Community members, along with a News 10 crew, witnessed drivers failing to obey signals near Sugar Grove Elementary School.

Those concerns were brought up to the Terre Haute City Council Thursday evening.

There were flashing red lights added to the intersection of 25th Street and Wallace Avenue this school year. But, neighbors say the additional feature isn’t effective.

Right now, the council is focused on making the light legal. A neighbor told us that’s because it was added without an approved ordinance.

“A permanent three-way stop at that intersection would be what would work best. They had temporary stop signs up for a brief period and people were actually stopping there,and it was effective. The second they took them away, people were running the light again,” said Jessie Uchytil.

Law enforcement reminds drivers to be alert, especially while school is in session. That includes slowing down, and obeying traffic signs and crossing guards.