Parents: children forced to walk on dangerous road

Posted at 9:18 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 11:56:38-04

TULSA -- Parents in a Tulsa neighborhood say their children are forced to walk on a dangerous street.

Kayla Godwin, mother of two, sees children walking up and down E. 62nd St. to and from school and cringes when a car passes by.

Godwin explained, “The road is not wide enough for two cars, and when you have a bunch of little kids walking in the morning, there’s no room.”

Thomas Rogers, Godwin’s neighbor, added, “They are 17 feet edge-to-edge. That’s one foot shy of being legal.”

Neighbors are worried about a child getting hurt.

Rogers said, “They trip and fall into the ditches to get away from the cars. You’ll see them slide into the ditches.”

Godwin explained, “There’s no ‘kids walking to school’ signs. There’s nothing, and you have a bunch of young kids without adult supervision and people speeding by. It’s at the point where people are going to get hit. People are going to get hurt.”

The mom says a police officer is stationed at a corner to stop speeders. But she says it’s not effective enough.

Godwin said, “It doesn’t help the width. It doesn’t help the kids. There are no signs.”

She says the city tells parents to make their children walk on a main road like Peoria which has sidewalks. “I’m sure if their parents have any say so, they don’t want their kids walking on a busy intersection with cars going 45 miles an hour. They would rather them take the short path through a neighborhood.”

2 Works for You asked the City of Tulsa if any sidewalk or infrastructure projects, like signs or speed bumps, are planned for this area, but we did not get an immediate answer.

A spokesperson said we will find out more Tuesday.

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