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Richland resident concerned about high school students disobeying pedestrian and traffic laws during lunch hour

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Richland police reassure safety is their biggest concern, but have not found the sole solution to this problem. Richland police reassure safety is their biggest concern, but have not found the sole solution to this problem.

RICHLAND, WA- We received a message into our newsroom from a concerned Richland resident who says he watches Richland High School students disobey traffic and pedestrian laws almost every day during their lunch time.

NBC Right Now captured video of some teenagers running across Stevens Drive from the high school campus for lunch. Most of them neglecting two crosswalks just yards away, one at the intersection of Stevens and Lee, the other at Stevens and Knight. Some students told us they do not care about the crosswalk laws and others say they only pay attention when Richland police officers are around.

"They pretty much just tell us not to jay walk, they are making sure we don't get hit or anything. There is a lot of people crossing the street, they don't always use the crosswalk but they do what ever is easiest," Maya Sperline, a sophomore at RHS explained.

Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb says this has been a problem for decades. Captain Cobb said officers will go out to these areas and warn students of the consequences, but have found that writing dozens of citations has not proven much of anything either. 

Neighbors directly across from the student parking lot say speeding is as much of an issue with the kids, as it is with adults. 

Richland police reassure safety is their biggest concern, but have not found the sole solution to this problem.

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