Parents continue to fight for traffic light at Cane Bay High

Published: Dec. 6, 2011 at 3:10 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2011 at 11:36 AM EST
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The fight for a traffic light in front of Cane Bay High School been an ongoing battle for some parents in Berkeley County who are trying to keep their kids safe. The issue is once again taking center stage after four students were hurt in a car crash Sunday night.

Parents want the light installed on Highway 176 and Cane Bay Boulevard because they say too many people have been hurt at that intersection.

One parent, whose son was involved in Sunday night's accident, says he has always had a bad feeling about that intersection.

"Sending your kid to school is the last place you send them and think they won't be safe," Calvin Smith, parent of a Cane Bay High student, said in August.

During an interview in August Smith said he wanted a traffic light installed in front of the school to cut down on accidents.

Now, three months later, his worst fear became reality when the car his son Jireh and three of his friends were riding in was hit as they pulled onto Highway 176 as the boys left basketball practice.

All four boys were rushed to the hospital with minor injuries.

"We are all lucky that our kids walked out of there with just aches and pains. But that could've turned into a situation where we could've been planning our kids' funerals," said Rolanda Brown, parent of a Cane Bay High School student.

She and other parents said they thought their fight for the traffic light was over when the Berkeley County Transportation Committee agreed to fund the light. Frank Carson, chairman of the committee, said $45,000 was sent to the South Carolina Department of Transportation in October.

But Mark Nesbit of the DOT said while the $45,000 will pay for a standard traffic light, that is not what the Cane Bay developer asked for.

Nesbit said the light that was requested is twice as expensive as a standard light. He said the developer, Gramling Brothers Real Estate and Development, agreed to pay the extra cost, but Nesbit isn't sure if that has been done.

Ben Gramling of Gramling Brothers could not be reached Monday evening for comment.

Last April, a 17-year-old student was killed near the school on Highway 176 when he was hit by a car while riding his bike.

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