Police propose changes to improve safety near Dudley High

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – During the school year, police say the intersection of Gate City Boulevard and Lincoln Street is one of the busiest crosswalks in Guilford County.

People who live in the area say it can also be dangerous, because hundreds of students walk through the intersection to get to and from Dudley High School.

"There’s been more than one accident up there at the school crossing. The traffic coming down always runs through the light," said Esther Hughes, who lives on Lincoln Street.

"Sometimes when you’re crossing the street, some of the cars don’t pay attention to the signs," said Brenttiny Milton, a student at Dudley High.

Police are well aware of the traffic problems in the area too.

"A lot of complaints came from, believe it or not, students, parents, school crossing guards, as well as motorists. A lot of motorists were trying to understand why they get passed every day in these school zones," said Office J.B. Price, Greensboro Police Department.

Greensboro police set out to answer that question in May. Officers executed more than a dozen traffic enforcement campaigns, and found excessive speeding is the biggest issue in the area.

Police met with transportation and city officials Wednesday to discuss their findings.

"What we’ve been able to determine is, there are some real changes we can make to make significant improvements, such as sight distance improvements, and well as markings on the roadway, and signage. There are a lot of things that we’re proposing," said Price.

Price hopes changes will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.

"We don’t want to be sitting back, and have to respond when something bad happens. We want to be ahead of the game on that. We want to prevent that. We don’t want to be sitting around thinking we could have made some kind of effective change in the area, and we did nothing for it," said Price.

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