Mum fears for kids at bus stop
School bus stop worry as trucks thunder pastESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Trucks hurtling past their school bus at 90kmh have a mother fearing for her children's lives.
Mother of three Leisa Kaal says the Arundel-Rangitata Rd has no signs to warn drivers of the bus drop-off and pick-up point. Heavy vehicles thunder past at speed with little room to spare.
Mrs Kaal is new to South Canterbury, therefore the Carew-Peel Forest School bus stop outside her property is also recent.
She requested a sign through Road Safety South Canterbury but was denied one.
"I said I would put up my own sign then, but I was told that's illegal," Mrs Kaal said.
She believes a sign with a child depicted on it would do the trick to slow traffic.
But Timaru District Council land transport manager Andrew Dixon said signs did not work and the more signs erected the less impact they had.
"Every rural road is a potential bus route," he said.
At about $300 a sign, as well as ongoing maintenance, they were not cost-effective.
"We have to spend taxpayers' money wisely and don't believe signage is effective. There are better ways," he said.
Looking at the problem was a priority, Mr Dixon said. A solution could be finding an area where the bus could pull over off the road.
"We will work closely with the school bus controllers," he said.
He could not offer a time frame on a potential result.
Timaru police strategic traffic unit Sergeant Simon Heeley said there was no specific focus on school bus stops currently. He said speed around schools came up now and again but it was not a major problem.
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