Teens and other youngsters too often engage in risky behavior with little regard for possible consequences.
At Garden City High School, thatís included students involved in dangerous traffic-related acts ó to the point that the local school board has decided to take up the possibility of tougher enforcement of vehicle traffic.
Beyond expected infractions such as speeding, there have been reports of students standing on top of moving cars. Another student was hit while walking in a crosswalk.
Unfortunately, school resource officers feel powerless in addressing the troubling incidents.
So, as part of an effort to make roads and parking lots around local schools safer, the Garden City USD 457 Board of Education is considering a proposal to turn traffic law enforcement on school district property over to Garden City police.
Board members discussed the possibility during their recent meeting. They decided to give it more thought, weigh citizen input and then discuss the issue at the boardís Jan. 12 meeting.
One concern was in schools turning over the power to discipline students to the city.
While thatís a legitimate question, the two entities should be able to work together on sensible strategies.
That said, itís safe to say many district patrons were surprised to learn police arenít already involved in traffic enforcement at schools.
Currently, local police donít have jurisdiction over roads and parking lots on school property. The school board could pass a resolution to change that ó and should.
Considering some of the dangerous acts reported ó and challenges with enforcement ó thereís no reason to keep police out of the mix.
School officials said the goal would be to have local police enforce the same city ordinances that exist elsewhere in the city. Thatís reasonable.
Offenders on school property ó whether students or others ó need to know rules and laws in place to keep them safe should not be taken lightly. The possibility of tickets and fines should be deterrents.
It would be better to make the move now rather than wait, only to see a tragic accident happen ó and then look to stepped-up enforcement as a way to keep people safe.