By Xavier Smith
Teacher parking lot, just minutes before a flurry of students rush home.
When the bell rings it's an all out war to get out of school without getting caught in the whirlwind of cars.
The traffic after school is unbearable for any student who needs to get home asap. Accidents occur and mayhem spirals out of seemingly nowhere. There are many consequences for students who fail to meet the requirements for parking and procedures.
According to Security Guard Dave Steele, parking permits are thirty dollars and boots are placed on a car that is illegally parking. He adds “There are four boots at the school and anyone without a permit gets booted”. To get the boot removed, the owner of said booted vehicle has to talk with the principal to seek removal. Steele explains, “One time we left a car overnight outside. The owner completely abandoned it and suddenly appeared the next day”. To avoid any complications, it is advised to buy a parking permit whenever available and park in the correct parking space.
Around seven in the morning, five minutes before the first bell, students pour into the parking lot and back up what seems like hours of traffic. Yanneth Torres is a Junior who regularly drives to school, “Getting in here is impossible if you don’t come early. I learned that the hard way.”. There is an overflow of cars creating a labyrinth nearly impossible to navigate through without nearly rear ending someone.
Leaving school is no easy feat either, as cars are backed up in lines in hopes to get home after a long day. Dakota Quigley, a Senior, has experienced his fair share of driving incidents that were inches from happening, “If I had a dollar for every bad driver at our school I’d be a millionaire.”
There are many inexperienced drivers on campus as they earn their permits through online manuals. They then proceed to fail their driver's test on more than one occasion before finally being awarded their license. They proceed to drive anywhere with virtually no experience besides in abandoned parking lots or in the open area of the Arizona desert.
To dodge most traffic, students can either get to their car as fast as humanly possible or wait out the traffic. Traffic usually clears after about ten to fifteen minutes after the bell. For students who leave at the bell, watching all angles when backing out is paramount. There are people in and out of cars coming from all directions. The wait may be difficult to deal with, but it is in everyone’s best interest to keep everyone safe.