Slow down for kids
PARENTS fear for their children's safety following a spate of near-misses and crashes outside a Gladstone childcare centre.
Stepping Stones Child Care Centre on Bramston St is the only centre in Gladstone to have its entrance lead directly on to a busy road.
Stepping Stones director Heather Curran said she had grave concerns a child might be hit by a car if drivers continued to speed and drive carelessly outside the centre.
"With the increasing number of people and cars in Gladstone, the road has become very busy," Ms Curran said.
"Parents are struggling to cross the road with their children.
"Parents are often arriving or leaving the centre with more than one child, their bags, sleeping equipment and it would only take a split second for a child to run on to the road."
In a bid to ensure the safety of children attending the centre the staff and parents have launched a petition to ask council to lower the speed limit on Bramston St from 50kmh to 40kmh.
Ms Curran said they were going "full force".
After only a week, the petition has about 100 signatures.
Parents who have experienced close calls outside the centre are also writing letters to council.
"It hits really close to home," Ms Curran said.
"We are aiming for as many signatures as we can get."
In the time Ms has been at the centre, similar petitions have been submitted to council twice before. Both times were unsuccessful.
Gladstone Regional Council was unable to provide information about the previous petitions to lower the speed limit by the time The Observer went to print.
Stepping Stones Child Care Centre on Bramston St has started a petition to lower the speed limit from 50kmh to a 40kmh zone.
Since 2003 they have taken two other petitions to council with no success.