Now that I have your attention, I simply ask all parents and all students to cross Highet Avenue at the school crossing. On Wednesday of last week, a student rushed across the road in her desire to get to school and her class quickly-but without looking. She was struck by the side of a slow moving vehicle, dropped to the ground and needed support to move safely to the footpath. A subsequence ambulance visit and admission to Flinders Hospital determined that her injuries were minor, apart from the obvious shock. She has since returned to school. The driver of the vehicle was badly shaken and obviously in shock -it was distressing to see both the child and the driver in such a state.
As expected, Police were involved and undertook a thorough investigation with no charges laid expect for the obvious. LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING AND USE THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING on Highet avenue.
On Tuesday morning of this week I undertook the teacher duty on the Highet Avenue crossing, assisting two year 7 monitors to manage the traffic flow, allowing students and adults to cross safely coming to school. It was a nightmare. I witnessed many students and adults crossing Highet Avenue within 20 metres of the crossing but not using it, two cars stop on Highet Avenue (in front of the school carpark) and allowing their children to get out as if the road was a ‘kiss and drop’ (it is not!) and one car heading west, attempt a 5 point turn right in front of the crossing.
Matters were complicated by a large truck exiting the school, but it is times like this that accidents happen!
Please teach your children good road manners and for goodness sake, model them yourselves.