Police are warning that a child could be killed crossing car-clogged streets at school time after a pupil was knocked down.
The nine-year-old Bridlington schoolgirl escaped with minor injuries after being hit by a car as she tried to cross between parked vehicles.
Great, so…they are warning the schoolchildren, right?
Insp Hughes is urging parents to avoid clogging up the streets outside schools with parked cars as they wait to collect their children.
“It increases the chances of accidents happening because children will come out between parked cars and, with the best will in the world, drivers just don’t see them until it’s too late.”
So, because some children are incapable of learning how to use the roads safely, everyone else must take more care?
Can’t we just chalk it up to Darwin Award winning?
Mrs Adams said pupils have been reminded about staying safewhen crossing the road.She said: “We have spoken to the children. Quite a few saw the accident and knew she had been taken to hospital.
“We have explained carefully what happened and explained she was very lucky, it could have been worse, and we have repeated that they know where it’s safe to cross.
“The pupil who was involved in the accident is a lovely, bright, sensible little girl who just didn’t think for a split second. That’s how quickly something can happen.”
And so this should be a nice little object lesson for the rest of your pupils, shouldn’t it?
Mrs Adams said pupils are encouraged to use a manned zebra crossing and East Riding Council has been pressed to cut the 30mph speed limit to 20mph to improve safety.
But no, of course, we’ll have to try to spread the blame for this around a bit – we can’t simply point to the accident as a learning opportunity, because that might make the child whose momentary carelessness caused her accident feel bad.
And it’s never the sole responsibility of anyone, anymore:
Parent Mary Green said one of her three children was involved in a near-missafter stepping into the road from between parked cars.Miss Green, who has two children at Burlington Junior School, said: “Last year, my little boy, who is now 6, stepped out and I had to pull him back.
“There were so many parked cars you couldn’t see.
“People park wherever they can – on kerbs, on the zig-zag lines and across entrances.
“The school does its best, but the council needs to be looking at this.”
It’s ‘the council’s’ fault that your child was nearly creamed by a passing car, not yours! Heaven forbid anyone expect you to use a pedestrian crossing rather than step out between parked cars!
Far too much of an inconvenience…