(Ed. Note: The following letter was sent to the schools' administration and the GCPD and is printed here at the writer's request.)
I write to express my outrage, as well as the outrage of all other commuters who share the daily treatment by the local police in monitoring the crosswalk at Cherry Valley Road and Stewart Avenue.
If the employees are unable to cross at the corner, which makes perfect sense to me, why must these police officers stop traffic while the light ahead is GREEN to allow one or two people to cross, allow cars to cut across traffic, and finally let the commuters' cars pass as the light changes to red? The female crossing guard who was there previously did the exact same thing to all the drivers and now the police do the same thing! Not only that, they will allow one or two people to cross, then start traffic through without looking back to see that one or two other pedestrians will want to cross within seconds, and again hold up traffic!
There are so many ways to improve this situation, that I am surprised that nobody has implemented any yet. Make the employees cross at the light as any normal person would do; install an elevated crosswalk for the convenience of the employees; eliminate the parking lot on that side entirely and expand the lot on school grounds to keep all contained in one area; encourage carpooling among employees; change the starting time of school not to coincide with local rush hours; my list can go on and on.
It is a relief and pleasure to drive in that area when school is not in session.
I urge you, most desperately, to establish some alternative solution before this school year's end before some motorist goes completely berserk!