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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dear Parents and Care-Givers of Dunluce School

Re: Traffic Issues – Dunluce School


2011-2012 School Year



I have been growing more and more upset by the way parents and caregivers have been behaving when they come to pick up their children after school this year. I have never seen it this bad and I have been picking my kids up after school for the last 4 ½ years (I did take one year off where they rode the bus – so 3 ½ of the last 4 ½ years).



I have observed rampant jaywalking, with and without children, often done by darting out between parked cars (when visibility is poor) or by making oncoming traffic stop. Remember, because of where the crosswalks are located this means people had less than ½ a block to walk to a marked crosswalk no matter where they were. So not only are these people acting unsafe and illegal, but they are also lazy.



The driving and parking habits that I have observed also concern me. Every single day there are people parking in the no parking areas surrounding the crosswalk. I fear for the crossing guards and pedestrians as your car being in those non-parking spots means that you have greatly reduced their visibility to oncoming traffic. Your being there means they have to step out further into the road to stop the traffic. You put them at higher risk. You endanger the life of those children. I have seen reckless u-turns, high speed pulling out of parking spots, lack of signaling, pulling out into the crosswalk (because, of course, that’s where you were parked). All of those things are unsafe for our children. Yesterday, I saw one van driven by a school parent that thought to go around the line of vehicles stopped at the crosswalk. Why were they stopped? They were stopped BECAUSE THERE WERE PEOPLE CROSSING THE ROAD. She (the driver) looked puzzled that I would honk frantically at her to stop (at this point she was driving on the wrong side of the road in order to get around those pesky stopped cars).



I wrote to Mrs. Busby (our School Principal) about these issues. She informed me that the school is very concerned but unless there are police out there ticketing people will say to the staff members who tell those of you who break theses rules that they could get a ticket that “They will take their chances.” I wonder, are you going to take your chances with a child’s life? Because that’s what it’s about – those children’s lives. It is not about whether you get ‘caught’ and get a ticket, it is about the message you send to our children. The message you send is that it is okay to break rules as long as you don’t get caught. The message you send is that safety is second to convenience. The message you send is that what they are taught in school does not matter. You send a terrible, terrible example to your children and to mine. My fear is that one day one of our children is going to pay for it.


Please stop taking chances.

1 comment:

Annemarie said...

The interesting thing in the principal's response was mention of tickets.

You should report this to the city:

Here's one place to start:
http://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/roads_traffic/traffic-safety.aspx

The Office of Traffic Safety

Transportation Services
Suite 200
9304 – 41 Ave.
Edmonton, AB T6E 6G8

Telephone 780-495-0371
Fax 780-495-0383
Email transportationoperations@edmonton.ca

They recommend calling 311 as well, but I would lodge a written complaint and copy your city councillor or the councillour of the area that the school is in if it is different. You've already got the writeup just modify it slightly and add a request for enforcement.


This may result in a blitz - all they need is to come one or two mornings and distribute tickets for bad behaviour and typically people will stop it. I did that with the off leash dog problem on our nearby walking trail (after encountering 2 dog walkers with 12 dogs - including a Great Dane - between them milling around on a 10 foot wide trail urging me to just 'run through' the off leash pack) I think they only ticketed one or two days, but for some time later I overheard dog owners warning one another to put their dog on a leash.....