One street around my children's school is having resurfacing done. It is not something new to this year, it has been going on since last year. In fact, since middle of last term last year.
The school is in a square block, four streets around it. Parents know that there are only three streets available to park to drop off their children. On one of the streets, there is an un-manned crossing. That is because in the next block there is a busy road that not only supplies our Primary School with traffic, but also the local Secondary school.
People have been parking wherever they like. Up on the nature strips right up to the crossing. Yes, it is within the NO STANDING signed area. It is clearly marked. What else are people doing? They are parking right on the corners of the streets, on the curb.
Something that amazed me was when I seen a driving school instructor, obviously a parent dropping her child off, park right next to the NO STANDING SIGN. I mean, she even had to reverse park into the spot!
When we cross the non manned crossing, I make the kids stand behind me. I then put out my hand, from the curb, and I have trouble seeing past these cars that are left parked on the nature strip right up to the crossing.
Husband called the council last year twice. I called the council today. I spoke to the By Laws Department. They say that they have not many resoures people wise to man all schools. That they rotate the areas they work in. That they sit in their car, take images and write down number plates and send off fines.
Ok, I get it, they are understaffed, but what else can be done? It would take up to 3 days at least to receive a fine in the mail. That is three more days that kids and parents are at risk crossing the un manned crossing.
What is worse, when I spoke to a parent this morning, she said a child had been hit by a car last year and was taken to hospital.
Ok, I did say I was a very concerned parent, and that I am a nurse and I do not want anyone hit by a car. These people are just idiots, they are putting at risk the most precious children..it has made me angry.
I will see if the By Laws people come today. If nothing improves this week I will resort to something else. I have a plan.