Midland Police Keeping a Close Eye on School Lunch Traffic

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The bell rings they hop in their cars and head out to lunch. The traffic around Midland high schools is one of the biggest problems for police. And as NewsWest 9 found out, you don't have to go far to find neighbors who have something to say about the danger.

When the high schools let out for lunch, Midland Police tell NewsWest 9 they have quite a few violations but the biggest problem is speeding. They catch many drivers going 15 over, but some are clocked at 60 inside the school zone.

"I had 5 officers here," Lt. Brian Bogart with the Midland Police Department said. "We had 5 traffic stops within 5 minutes."

And you don't have to search far to find neighbors upset.

"High rates of speed, they drag race, careless driving, just non stop," K'Leigh Chamberlain, who lives By Midland Lee High said.

"When school starts back up, you immediately have the problem again," Bob Crites, who lives by Midland High, said.

With the start of school, Lt. Brian Bogart decided to send any available officers to watch streets around school zones. NewsWest 9 tagged along as five Midland Police combed the streets around the schools.

"There's going to be speeding, they run stop signs, all kinds of reckless driving," Lt. Bogart said. "We're out here because it generates a lot of our complaints. My complaint load goes up drastically when school starts and a lot of it is because of the high school drivers."

"I think you have a lot of drivers who haven't been driving too long, they're inexperienced and driving at an excessive speed," Crites said.

And over by Midland Lee High, K'Leigh says her street has even become a hub for drag racers.

"I have small children and it scares me if a ball rolls out into the street during one of their breaks or after school," Chamberlain said. "These high school kids cannot slow down in time to stop so that they don't hit my child or the neighbors children."

Midland Police say they plan to keep a close eye on streets surrounding campuses.

"We try to give them the deterrent effect that no matter where they go, which way they go, there's a likelihood they will get caught," Lt. Bogart said.