COPPERAS COVE (August 22, 2014) Copperas Cove maintenance tested all of the school zone lights on Friday. The city said it was important to make sure that they work properly before the new school year started.
"It's mainly a safety factor. We don't want people to run over the kids you know if the lights aren't on, people will speed through these sections without even thinking about it," Clifford Suratt said Friday.
Parents were glad to hear that the city is doing the work ahead of time. "You see even during the school season some parents don't pay attention to the school light and with the long summer break you know all at once starting the first day of school I don't think it would be a good idea. I like what they're doing actually," said parent Daniel Peterson.
Sergeant Martin Ruiz said that so far this year there has been six pedestrian accidents.
Peterson said that's why the city doesn't want to take any chances. "No parent wants to lose their child over some ignorance or somebody not paying attention to a light."
The city left the lights on Friday afternoon to make sure to remind drivers that school will be back in session. "It's been three months of school let out and they kind of forget. They go to work and coming back from work and that's why we start testing them so they can start seeing them so it makes them aware schools getting ready to start," said Ruiz.
Last year the city put in seven new school lights for some schools that aren't so visible. "It makes people aware that there are schools in that area which they may have not have thought of before," said Suratt.
On Monday the city will make sure the lights are working and the fire department along with police will be holding signs to make sure drivers get back in the school zone.