Aiken Public Safety Patrolling Back-to-School Traffic Hotspot - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

Aiken Public Safety Patrolling Back-to-School Traffic Hotspot

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Three schools, 2,500 students, all within a few football fields of one another; talk about back to school stress!

"He was scared to death," Eva Evans says of her sixth grader.  "Mommy was scared to death too, traffic made me even more nervous."

"We're just trying to get our son over in one piece," adds Amy Agnel.

Pine Log Road and South Aiken Boulevard separate South Aiken High, Kennedy Middle, and Millbrook Elementary.  Public safety officers say that during drop off and pick up, these roadways carry as many as 1000 extra cars per hour.  

"This intersection is one of the busiest school intersections in the city, a South Carolina highway surrounded by three schools," Lt. Jason Mahoney of Aiken Public Safety says.

Aiken Public Safety has increased patrols out, along with the crossing guards. So many cars in such a small space can mean accidents, and public safety officers say stay slow.

"When you get in a hurry you take risks, you take chances," Mahoney says, "we can't afford to have anyone hurt because someone's running a little late."

Although staying slow isn't necessarily a decision for drivers to make.

"I think everyone is driving slowly, you don't have much of a choice," Agnel says.

Cars aren't all drivers need to look out for.

"At the three schools, all have children walking to and from school," Mahoney says.

"What's going through my head is, 'Am I going to hit another child by accident,' traffic is just horrible too. As soon as I turned, boom stopped, automatically stopped."

Public safety officers say that the intense traffic should stop after a few days of the new routine.

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