Antioch Elementary principal, police weigh in on traffic concerns

Antioch School traffic

Even before Antioch Elementary School's 3 p.m. dismissal Nov. 22, nearly 50 vehicles had lined up to pick up students who don't ride the school bus. Bumper-to-bumper traffic resulted as they returned to Antioch Road. Parent Amanda Gourm said the effects particularly are felt during the morning rush.

BRIAN HUGHES/ News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 01:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Antioch Elementary School's morning traffic can cause parents to wait a half-hour in line before returning to Antioch Road.

That's too long for parents like Amanda Gourm, who says she has other things to do.

"For some people, who have other children in day care or other schools, this is a big problem ... It causes (them) to be late to school or miss daycare," she said in an email.

Last year, Crestview Police Department officers aided traffic control at the Garrett Pit-Antioch Road intersection, but budget cuts eliminated that service.

Cuts also claimed the police department's crossing guard positions, leaving uniformed officers in their place.

"There are always officers sitting there to make sure no one speeds, but they have not once bothered to step out of their cars to direct traffic," Gourm said.

Officer Wanda Hulion, who handles pedestrian safety at the busy Antioch and Garrett Pit intersection, said traffic control is not part of the assignment.

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