Parents still fighting to get courtesy busing back for kids in Hillsborough County

Hillsborough Co. fighting for courtesy busing
Posted at 4:27 AM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 07:02:55-04

Hundreds of parents are still upset over the end of courtesy busing.

Michell Klotz just moved with her 10-year-old son to Riverview - he would have to cross 301, a 6-lane highway, in order to get to school if he walked or biked. 

".9 miles may not seem like a long distance but it is for a 10-year-old," she said.

Klotz is a nurse, works long hours and says driving him is extremely time-consuming, but she says it's too dangerous for him to go alone.

"Something bad is going to happen before they do something about it and that's really unfortunate," she said.

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On the other side of town, near Westchase - Andree Pierson captured video of a car driving up on the sidewalk outside Farnell middle school to avoid the pick-up lane. Pierson was in St. Pete when she sent ABC Action News the video - but spoke to us over Facetime.

"Basically the car was just driving right behind her slow lane waiting for her to move out of the way," said Pierson.

A major concern for many of these parents is that drivers behind the wheel are too distracted by phones and the radio and aren't paying enough attention to kids walking or biking. 

It's also why both of these moms are part of a Facebook page made just for this topic - it has more than 1,000 followers just hoping the school district will listen.

"We understand budget cuts, there never easy to do and it's really hard to find where you're going to make that specific cut," said Pierson. "However I don't feel it cut should be made when it comes to our child safety."

We took those concerns to the district - it says it follows state standards for determining hazardous walking conditions. If a parent feels their area was miscategorized, they can fill out a form -click here to fill one out.

The district also points out the Sheriff's office provides crossing guards and typically they are not stationed outside of middle or high schools. The district says they transport 80,000 students, but have more than 212,000 students in the district which means a majority of tits students don't ride the bus. 

They say most counties in the state do not provide courtesy busing.