Kids run crossing gauntlet in Lismore
By Jamie Brown
CHILDREN at South Lismore Public School are in real danger of being struck by passing vehicles and concerned grand-parent Harold Sivewright wants something done.
Traffic from Kyogle heading into Lismore along Casino Street often turns down Wilson Street, rumbling past the school to avoid congestion on Union Street.
The result is an endless stream and cars and trucks, including B-doubles, most travelling above the 40km/h limit.
To make matters worse, the school’s sports ground is on the other side of Wilson Street and teachers must step out to halt traffic to allow their young charges cross.
“Something has got to be done,” Harold, the oldest of three generations of Sivewrights to attend the school, said.
“I’ve seen cars going so fast they are airborne travelling over the old Casino-to-Murwillumbah railway line.
“The situation here is a shemozzle.”
Deputy principal Jo Wright said teachers took every precaution they could to ensure the safety of their students, but more needed to be done through the RTA or the Department of Education.
“Our children use the Wilson Street crossing all day long, not just at drop off and pick up times,” she said.
“We educate the children about road safety, we wear coloured vests and carry lollypop signs but at the end of the day that might not save someone from a speeding truck.”