TOO CLOSE: Teneille Wode in front of the remnants of the most recent crash at the pedestrian crossing at Clinton State School.
TOO CLOSE: Teneille Wode in front of the remnants of the most recent crash at the pedestrian crossing at Clinton State School. Mike Richards

Parents scared for children's safety at pedestrian crossing

THE parents of Clinton State Primary students are worried for their children's safety when the students use pedestrian crossings near the school.

Five mothers have expressed their concerns regarding the volume of traffic and the visibility of crossings on Harvey Rd.

Teneille Wode said she and three other mums, plus 17 students, walked across the busy road every day and had witnessed the stupidity and disregard some drivers had for pedestrians.

"I've seen someone on a phone in some fancy ute drive up and nearly take a kid out," she said.

"I dragged him (the kid) by the shirt off the road."

Similar situations have been seen by mums Jessica Bourke, Rosie Hunt, Sherie O'Connor and Natarlia Smith.

"We've got new housing estates built here, construction work, regular traffic, plus school zones on top of that, and the football fields and shops," Ms Bourke said.

"It's all in one area and it's a narrow road.

"There is not a lot of space for the traffic that comes through here."

DANGER: A two-vehicle accident last Thursday morning on Harvey Rd, at the Clinton State Primary School pedestrian crossing almost involved a young student.
DANGER: A two-vehicle accident last Thursday morning on Harvey Rd, at the Clinton State Primary School pedestrian crossing almost involved a young student. Contributed

Ms Wode witnessed a two-vehicle car accident last week, where a pedestrian was nearly run over.

"A cruiser had stopped and another car, a delivery ute, wasn't watching and smashed into the back of the cruiser," she said.

"The front of the Cruiser was pushed one metre onto the crossing.

"The kids were on a lunch break.

"It's something they don't need to see."

The concerned mothers agreed something had to be done to increase safety at the location.

"If the crossing is going to be kept on this road, they need to make it more visible because it is very dangerous," Ms Bourke said.

"Being on top of a hill some people don't know it's there."

An idea of having traffic lights at either end of the two crossings was suggested, or an over or underpass.

"Or even have speed bumps like what is at Stockland shopping centre," Ms O'Connor said.

"Put them on either side of the crossings.

"That might slow people down."

Ms Wode said: "Something has to be done or it's going to take a kid getting hit for something to change."

The Gladstone Regional Council was unable to comment at the time of publication.



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