Mom upset about school traffic begins directing cars herself

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A  Memphis mom decided to take safety in to her own hands when she couldn't get action about busy traffic at her children's elementary school.

“It’s a fantastic school but the problem is with the traffic," Danielle Jones said to WREG in Memphis.

She explained how cars in line to pick up at the end of the day take up a lane of traffic in front of Ross Elementary School. So, cars leaving the school can’t see when they’re trying to turn left.

“These cars are going fast," she said. “When I contacted Shelby County [Schools] security and safety, they sent one car out. That man came and he left. He saw how hectic it was. He didn’t do anything. Something needs to be done before someone gets hurt."

Instead, she does it herself; buses and cars alike all yield to her directions.

A neighbor who works at the airport gave her a vest and light wands to direct traffic.

Other parents are grateful.

"It makes everybody feel safe. People can get out safe and don’t have to worry about oncoming traffic. It makes it easier," Cindy Bell said.

“I think Ms. Jones is doing a really good job. That’s a good idea. They should be paying her to be doing that!” Niasha King said.

But for Jones, the only goal is for everyone to get home safely.

“I’d hate for a child to be injured," she said.

WREG contacted Memphis Police and the school district to find out if they have any plans to improve safety.   Both say they're reviewing the situation and plan to address it.


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