Broken Arrow police ask parents to utilize school buses

by: Brittany Jeffers Updated:

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow police said there is a way parents can help ease of the traffic trouble around area schools.
 
Some parents said that they have to show up at least 30 minutes early to drop their kids off for school. Sgt. Ed Ferguson with Broken Arrow police said the streets don’t have to be that busy.
 
“They aren’t designed for that number of traffic. They are designed for bus traffic. Part of the reason we have so much congestion at these schools is because of the parents that are taking their kids to school and picking them,” said Ferguson.
 
Police said that the busiest time is usually about 20 minutes before classes are dismissed.
 
“If your kids are afforded bus service we ask you to utilize it,” Ferguson said.
 
Some parents said they plan to do that, but others said it’s not so easy.
 
“We live in the neighborhood behind the school so we don’t have bus transportation,” one parent said.
 
Travis Woods said he didn’t want his 8 and 9-year-olds to walk to the bus stop.
 
“Our kids would have to walk about a half a miles to get on the bus,” Woods said.
 
Ferguson said he understands it won’t work for everyone but for those who have an option, he said buses will help clear up the traffic.
 
“We want to encourage parents to use them,” Ferguson said.
 
Officials said another way to help with traffic congestion is to not arrive too early to pick students up because getting there early doesn’t get them out of class any faster.