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Moline Crosswalk Accident Causes Safety Concerns

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A student was crossing the road just north of 48th Street Place and 49th Street when she ran into the side of a car. 
  
The student had minor injuries and the driver was cited for hitting a child in a crosswalk in a school zone. The incident has many parents shaken up, asking why more isn't being done to keep kids safe.   
 
Parents say the problem is cars park all along the road, blocking the view and keeping cars from seeing if a student is crossing the road. 
    
They say as cars come along the curve, they don't slow down and it's a recipe for disaster.

Parents we spoke to today say traffic is often congested in the area during the morning rush and when school gets out. 
     
Some even get out of their cars to help their kids cross the street. School officials say a lot has been done to address this issue. They've met with police and city planners to come up with a traffic study of the area. 
    
The lights at 12th Avenue and 48th Street were changed to make it safer for kids crossing and a bus drop off was added last year to alleviate traffic. 
    
Next, the crosswalk in question will move further north up 48th Street, hopefully easing traffic coming out of the school lot but parents say they'd like to see more.

"Crossing guards would help," parent Samantha Stark said. "I would like to see a stop light up here, some reinforcement for the speed limit. They don't go 20, even when the kids are present they do not."

The school liaison officer and principals are out here when they can be but say they can't be everyday because of other duties. 
  
They say drivers need to follow posted signs and speed limits and do their part too.