Parents worry about children's safety outside new school

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Parents of students at the brand-new P.S. 889 on Coney Island Avenue say their children are in danger daily and want the Department of Transportation to help alleviate their concerns.

There's one crossing guard present during the school day, but parents say that's not enough. They say cars speed by as children have to wait for the lone guard to help them across.

Without a traffic light, stop sign, crosswalk, school zone speed limit sign or additional crossing guards, parents say there's an accident waiting to happen.

A DOT spokesperson tells News 12 in a statement: "We are studying several intersections for potential future stop signs, signals, leading pedestrian intervals, and crosswalks -- including Coney Island Avenue at Hinckley Place, and Turner Place at Coney Island Avenue. These studies need to include data from the beginning of this school year in order to appropriately reflect the current traffic and pedestrian patterns."

Since the school has opened, the DOT has made some changes, including adding 'no standing' signs and removing two parking spots to allow buses more room to turn.

But parents say those changes aren't enough, and they expect the DOT to do more.

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