Kids' lives put at risk by motorists

GRAVE FEARS: Griffith councillor Doug Curran, with children Jackson, 10, and Emily, 13, is worried about motorists not obeying rules at school drop-off points.

GRAVE FEARS: Griffith councillor Doug Curran, with children Jackson, 10, and Emily, 13, is worried about motorists not obeying rules at school drop-off points.

A CHILD will be injured or killed if motorists continue to flout rules at school drop-off points.

That's the message from Griffith councillor Doug Curran, who has been appalled by what he has witnessed dropping off his children Emily, 13, and Jackson, 10.

"Some of the things that parents are doing to save a couple of minutes are endangering kids," he said.

"It's particulary worrying around a primary school where there are five and six-year-old children who don't comprehend the size of a car and its inability to stop and that sort of thing."

Cr Curran said double parking in a drop-off point for long periods was resulting in other motorists becoming frustrated and overtaking the vehicle, endangering children who were walking to school.

Motorists are also performing illegal U-turns, another concern for Cr Curran.

"Everyone is busy but the couple of minutes they save it's just not worth it. Parents need to not only worry about their own children, they need to worry about all children."

Cr Curran said other city residents had expressed similar fears about all school drop-off points.

Cr Curran said he was fearful there would be a tragedy at a school zone in Griffith if motorists did not change their ways.

He has spoken to the council's road safety officer and will talk to police about increasing patrols of school zones.

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