Maybe you're in a hurry most days, or you just don't think about it, or you think it doesn't affect you because you don't have children. Maybe you really need to get where you're going, and there are too many of them, and it's oh so annoying to have to be slowed down this way Every. Single. Day.
But I am begging you - PLEASE be more aware of school crossings around Albuquerque, especially around middle and high schools where there are no crossing guards.
I have 3 children in school here; 2 at Apache Elementary which sits on the very busy Copper Ave. near Tramway, and one at Jackson Middle School, which is on Indian School near Eubank, and is also a busy road.
I usually feel safer with my younger two because they, as elementary students, have the privilege of having a crossing guard to help them safely across the street.
The middle schoolers at Jackson MS are not so lucky. There is a crosswalk right in front of the school. And every day, there is a slew of traffic in both directions. Often, even though there are students at the corner waiting to cross, traffic just keeps going through. There is no crossing guard to stop them.
I understand that you in your vehicles have right of way, and these students are generally good about waiting until traffic clears. But wouldn't it be great if, when students are there very obviously trying to cross the street, cars would stop and let the students cross, and then resume driving? And I think this should take place at EVERY school crossing.
Additionally, pay attention to school zone speed limits. You may think it's no big deal...but to all the moms and dads whose kids are walking those areas every day, it's a very big deal.