Call for steps to improve school crossing safety
20 March 2017
Safety concerns for students using the school crossing on Baddaginnie Rd in Benalla have been flagged by local crossing supervisor Ken Hudson.
Mr Hudson has been supervising the crossing for four years and is becoming increasingly concerned about the speed at which cars approach the crossing.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan looked at the roundabout with Mr Hudson during school hours this week.
“The roundabout where Bridge St, the Midland Hwy, Baddaginnie Rd and Faithful St connect is one of the busiest intersections in town, particularly during school pick up and drop offs,” Ms Ryan said.
“Students from Benalla P-12 College, FCJ College and St Joseph’s Primary School use the crossing. Before and after school large groups of students cross the road at the same time.
“It is difficult for cars approaching the roundabout at 60km/h from the east to see the crossing on the other side.
“This often results in groups of students being stranded on a small traffic island on the middle of the road while cars fly through.”
Ms Ryan said she had written to Roads Minister Luke Donnellan after visiting the crossing to alert him to safety concerns at the roundabout.
“In government, the Coalition installed electronic speed signs on the Midland Highway on the northern approach to the roundabout,” Ms Ryan said.
“I have suggested to Minister Donnellan that similar measures should be considered on all approaches to the roundabout.
“Lowering the speed limit at the roundabout to 40 kilometres per hour during school hours would improve the safety of local school children.
“In the meantime I encourage drivers to be cautious around the school crossing, particularly during before and after school hours," Ms Ryan said.