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Drivers, students and busy intersection worries parents

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LAS VEGAS -- A busy intersection is in the spotlight days after a motorcyclist was critically injured by a driver. Parents say the intersection of Desert Primrose Lane and Town Center Driver is unsafe.

From drivers who speed to those who make illegal turns, parents say their children are at risk and it's time for a traffic safety device to avoid another crash.

The intersection is near Faith Lutheran Academy where 450 kids attend school and there are two other public schools nearby with similar arrival and dismissal times. The schools are nestled among several communities creating heavy traffic flow on Town Center Drive.

"So you have an influx of people wanting to go to work and also everyone trying to get in at the same time for school," said Sherri O' Hanrahn, a parent of a student.

Like a game of dodge ball, drivers jump into the intersection of Desert Primrose and Town Center when they can.

"It would be great to have a traffic light. It would be really nice to know when it's your turn to go and not get slammed into by someone coming from the other direction," parent Pam Lentz said. 

That's what happened last Thursday morning as hundreds of kids were dropped off to school. The students witnessed a collision between a motorcycle and car. Good Samaritans lifted the car off the motorcyclist.  Police say the driver pulled out in front of the motorcyclist.

"The accident that took place last Thursday really brought this whole issue to a head. We've had other accidents in the past but none this serious," said Craig Michaelson, senior pastor, Faith Lutheran Church and Schools.

Pastor Michaelson has seen 12 years of what he calls "recklessness" since the church school opened. 

"Our struggle has been it's so difficult to navigate this intersection partly because of visibility challenges but also because of the speed of traffic heading north and south on Town Center," Michaelson said.

Aside from not being able to see what's coming, Michaelson says drivers treat Town Center like the speedway.

"Because we don't have a slower zone for speed by the school, people really fly up and down this road," he said.

"Too many lives are put on the line," O'Hanrahn said.

Metro Police say there were five crashes between May 2013 and Feb. 2014. Clark County did a traffic study in Oct. 2013 and determined the intersection did not meet the qualifications for a multi-way stop or traffic signal. The county plans to review the intersection again.


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