IT has probably happened to every parent at some point.
One moment your child is by your side as you cross a busy street.
The next moment the youngster makes a dash, gaining a couple of steps on you.
That was the scenario captured on Mate Street, outside Albury North Public School, yesterday afternoon.
Although the child stumbled and crashed to the road, fortunately there was never a risk of catastrophe, with the nearest car 50 metres away.
But it illustrates the dangers raised by member for Albury Greg Aplin in yesterday’s
Mr Aplin will chair a bipartisan parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the blanket approach to 40km/h zones outside schools.
He cited the North Albury school as a prime example of a need for change, saying it was unacceptable for primary school-aged children to have to cross the busy four-lane road.
MUMS AND DADS PLEA TO DRIVES
PARENTS of students at a Border primary school have a wishlist of road safety measures to protect their children but most of all they just want drivers to slow down.
They say in an ideal world Albury North Public School would have an extra lollipop lady and a service lane for picking up and dropping off children on the four-lane, former highway, Mate Street.
But yesterday they said their greatest concern was motorists who ignore the 40km/h speed limit.
Belinda Ashworth, a mother of a year 5 student, says she fears for the safety of the children.
“Some cars slow down during school pick-up and drop-off but most just go through at 60km/h to 70km/h,” she said.
Her comments came on the same day The Border Mail reported Greg Aplin’s concern over students running across the road to waiting parents.
The member for Albury will chair a bi-partisan parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the present “one-size fits all” approach to the 40km/h zones.
He suggested a fence on the median strip on Mate Street would prevent the crossings and even suggested a road safety education program of parents.
But P and C president Sandra Daly said the school community was well aware of the dangers on Mate Street.
“In a perfect world we would have a supervised crossing on Mate Street, a service road for parents and get all cars to slow down,” she said.
“We continue to push the message through the school newsletter with an emphasis on crossing at the traffic lights.
“On any given afternoon the principal will be on the Mate Street side of the school ensuring kids cross at the lights.”
Kelly Law’s son is in year 2 and she has another child starting school next year.
She gets to school early so that she can park on the school side of Mate Street.
“It is a dangerous road, very few cars slow down to 40km/h,” she said.
“Some of the older kids, year 5s and year 6s, sometimes come out of the big gates and dart across the road by themselves.
“One of the other problems is that we have only one lollipop crossing and that’s in Fallon Street, we could do with another on Mate Street.”
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