In Onslow County, city and school officials are making temporary changes to improve driver and pedestrian safety near Jacksonville High School.
The action comes after a 16-year-old student was struck by a car on the Henderson Drive crosswalk Tuesday evening. Officers arrested a 23-year-old woman and charged her with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to yield at a pedestrian crossing.
In the past two years, there have been three accidents in the area, two of which were at the Henderson Drive crosswalk.
Since January, more than 70 citations have been given in that particular school zone. City and school officials are making temporary measures for the safety of students.
The city and Jacksonville Police Department will add more traffic cones, signs that indicate the speed drivers are going, and Jacksonville High School will have additional staff monitoring students.
Officials will work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, as it is a state roadway.
There may also be a discussion with the owner of the property where Jacksonville High School students tend to park, at New Market Square.
“We have contacted them. We’re going to have some conversation with them about what’s happening and what they can do to help us with this,” said Jacksonville police Chief Mike Yaniero.
Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee said the safety of students starts with the drivers on the road.
By state law, all drivers are to wait until the person has completely walked the crosswalk.
The 16-year-old student was released from the hospital in good condition.
Officials will meet with one another within the next week to speak on permanent solutions.