'Absolute bedlam': Concerns about road safety at Toolooa SHS
PARENT Scott Elwell is calling for changes to the design of the stop-drop-and-go zone outside Toolooa State High School after his stepdaughter was involved in a hit-and-run.
On Monday afternoon Isabelle Thompson's car was hit on the passenger side door by another driver in Philip St, just past the roundabout.
Isabelle and her sole passenger suffered minor injuries but Mr Elwell said it could have been a lot worse.
"I was quite concerned about it because it's only a matter of time before someone could get seriously hurt," he said.
"It's just absolute bedlam. Kids are walking across the road, cars are getting impatient - it's very unsafe for the students and something needs to be done."
Just before 3pm, cars can be seen lining up near the entrance of the drop-off zone, extending to the roundabout and Gladstone-Benaraby Rd.
Mr Elwell took his concerns to Gladstone Regional Council but was told the zone was the responsibility of the Department of Main Roads.
Mr Elwell will address his concerns at the school's next P&C meeting.
A council spokeswoman confirmed the road was not in its jurisdiction.
"Council will advise the Department of Transport and Main Roads of the incident," she said.
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said it was committed to the safety of children at schools.
"We are working with Toolooa State High School to conduct a Safe School Travel (SafeST) investigation," she said.
"As part of this process, road safety in the school precinct will be reviewed, including the stop-drop-and-go zone, Philip St and Benaraby Rd."
A Department of Education spokeswoman said the school is treating the safety of all involved very seriously.
"The Department of Education works in partnership with TMR, local councils and relevant stakeholders, to ensure there is a coordinated approach to road safety around state schools, including car parking at sites adjacent to schools," she said.
"Toolooa SHS encourages all drivers and pedestrians near the school to exercise caution and patience, especially during peak periods."
The spokeswoman also confirmed Toolooa SHS has taken steps to address the issue.
"School staff supervise drop- off and pick-up areas in the afternoon after school and the principal promotes road safety messages to students and the broader school community through the school newsletter," she said.
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle that hit Isabelle's car is at large and has been reported to police.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1300333000 or Gladstone police station on 4971 3222.