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Eyes on the road!

School Crossing Supervisors walking across a crossing.

School Crossing Supervisors are calling motorists to put down their phones and keep their eyes on the road.

Monday 17 June 2019

School Crossing Supervisors do a great job of keeping our kids safe on the roads – rain, hail or shine. The bad news is they regularly see drivers making poor decisions behind the wheel.

School Crossing Supervisor at Harcourt Michelle Holmes said she sees many people talking or texting on their phones while driving.

“It’s a real worry when we see drivers not concentrating on what they’re doing. Hundreds of kids use our crossings everyday and it’s scary to think what could happen in an instant if someone is looking at their phone instead of the road,” said Ms Holmes.

If you’re behind the wheel you have a responsibility to drive carefully and follow the road rules. In school zones that means sticking to the speed limit, following instructions from the crossing supervisor and not driving through a crossing until everyone is off the road – including the supervisor!

Ms Holmes said she’s heard feedback from all 14 School Crossing Supervisors of drivers taking risks.

“School zones are 40km/hr but we often see vehicles speeding through crossings,” she said.

“We’re working with local police and reporting instances of unsafe driving to them.”

But it’s not only speed and technology that are impacting the safety of children. Ms Holmes said that some drivers are overly cautious, which also has its downside.

“Some drivers think they are doing the right thing by stopping at a crossing, but we urge drivers to only stop when the supervisor is holding out the stop sign,” she said.

“There may be a truck or large vehicle behind other cars which creates the risk of a crash.

“One more tip is to avoid parking in no standing areas. It often limits our ability to see clearly and keep an eye on what’s happening with the traffic,” she said.

“We know that most people are doing the right thing and helping to keep our little pedestrians and school crossing supervisors safe.”

Ms Holmes also said she’d like to see more adults and members of the community using school crossings.

“There’s a misconception that it’s a children’s crossing – but it’s for everybody. They are here for everyone’s safety. We encourage all adults to set the example and use the crossing. Kids are watching and learning!” she said.

Image: School Crossing Supervisors in the shire are calling for motorists to put down their phones!

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