Term 4 is coming to an end and police are training the year 5 students to do the important role of school road patrols for 2014.
These children have been selected by the schools as trustworthy students who have the very important task of getting our children safely across our busy roads with the help of teachers and parent volunteers who give up their time rain or shine.
They are sometimes put in dangerous situations by motorists who do not follow the road rules and put themselves and others at an unnecessary risk.
While standing at several school crossings and observing children walking to school, parents dropping their children off and other motorists driving past, I have witnessed several very unnecessary incidents that are both concerning and dangerous for our school kids and their families.
The schools are also concerned and often call for police presence before and after school to monitor the motorists and speak with drivers to prevent further incidents.
The most concerning incidents I have seen are:
Motorists travelling at high speeds past schools. The speed limit is 40kmh or less in school zones. Children cannot judge the speed of vehicles.
Parents parking on yellow lines to drop children off and blocking driveways, often blocking the view of the kids on road patrol. If there are no parks near the school it might be an idea to get there earlier to secure a park or park a little bit further away and walk.
Parents doing U-turns close to the pedestrian crossing and using driveways to drop kids off and turn around. Turning around should be done in a side street or cul-de-sac, children cannot be seen behind vehicles when backing out.
Parents not using the crossing. Set an example to the kids and cross at the crossing. Take the time to walk a little further; it is safer for you and your children.
Please help our school crossing monitors, volunteers, the school and police get our youngsters safely to school for the next few weeks so we can all enjoy Christmas.
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