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Surviving the walk to school each morning

The Muppet Show

What a difference a day makes.  A blustery day’s walk was shattered by the behaviour of a “muppet” behind the wheel.

At the back of a queue of 5 or so cars, this person appeared to decide they didn’t need to wait.  The driver honked their horn, was seen to gesticulate and mouth a few words, then pulled round the queue of traffic at what sounded and looked like excessive speed to those on the path. The driver then pushed their way into another line of traffic.  Thank goodness there were no children waiting to cross over from the parked cars.

Photos sadly don’t give a sense of the behaviour and speed of the silver car

According to a parent who was in the queue, the same driver “lost their rag” at the traffic lights by Brine Leas.  Allegedly, the driver mounted the kerb and drove on the pavement around the lights (which were apparently on red), all whilst children were walking to school.  “It was a miracle that no one was hit” said the parent.   If you saw either situation, you might wish to mention it to the local beat PCSO or log it in the Road Safety Log hosted at the school office?

Before all this, the walk had been marked by the “usual fun” of cars and vans mounting the kerb to get past each other.  It looked to be the result of impatience on the part of a couple of vehicles.  At that time, the path was busy with children and parents walking to school.

Southbound car, just before creating their own log jam.

Sanity returned soon after, with cars waiting patiently for traffic to come through. But, in an act that could be described as “selfish”, a car drove round the queueing southbound traffic, then got stuck in a logjam of their own making.

You could be forgiven for thinking that all this underlines the need for heightened management of traffic outside the school.  Comments supporting the recently approved school car park plans suggested a couple of ideas to do just this;

  1. Control traffic speed by operating single lane traffic lights along the length of Broad Lane, at the critical times of the school day,
  2. Introduce an increased number of radar traps and warnings about speed along this stretch of road.

I’ve been posting photos of vehicles parking on the zig-zags since starting this blog. A letter from the school has informed parents that details of offenders will be printed in their weekly newsletter, with the local PCSO being informed too.

Today’s scores out of 10:
Traffic volume: 8
Stupid/careless parking: 0
Manners: 1
No. of cars parking illegally:0

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