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Push for safer crosswalks near Latonia Elementary after two kids hit by cars

Parents in one Northern Kentucky community are pushing for better safety measures after two kids are hit by cars in the last month near the Latonia Elementary School (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) Parents in one Northern Kentucky community are pushing for better safety measures after two kids are hit by cars in the last month near the Latonia Elementary School (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
LATONIA, KY (FOX19) -

Parents in one Northern Kentucky community are pushing for better safety measures after two kids are hit by cars in the last month near the Latonia Elementary School.

"Cars don't do nothing but use this as a race track," said Rena Totten.

Rena Totten lives right across the street from Latonia Elementary. But she never thought the short trip for her grandkids across 40th Street would be so nerve-racking.

"For the last month, we've had two kids hit. We've had one hit right here and we've had another one hit down on Huntington. We have no school crossing signs, no flashing lights, no school guards, we don't have nothing," Totten said.

Totten along with the support of many other parents, including some with the school, have sent a traffic control device request to the city of Covington for review but she says this isn't the first time she's asked for help.

"I've notified the school, they know about it. We've tried fighting with the city, we've tried fighting with the school board and we're not getting nowhere," Totten said.

Natalie Bowers with the city of Covington says they received this request yesterday and the city engineer is currently reviewing the application.

"Anytime our citizens are put at risk of danger I can tell you that is an ASAP immediate," said Natalie Bowers with the city of Covington.

Bowers stresses they get similar requests all the time, but each one is unique in their own way.

"Is it a local route, is it a city owned street, is it something we can do right away or is it something that needs further analysis? But each one is treated with top priority," Bowers said.

The boy and girl in the two accidents recovered from their injuries and are back at school, but Totten stresses they need either a crossing guard, flashing lights, or even speed bumps.

"Something's got to be done or it's going to be a kid that we're going to lose, not the driver, the kid," Totten said.

The school board echoed the fact that student safety is of the upmost importance and they would support crossing guards or new signage.

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