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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
Street-smart We asked: How safe are the streets near your local school and what can be done to make them safer? Photos and interviews: Margie Law T he speed limit is well-signed, everyone knows it is 40 but parking can be congested and if children aren’t using the crossings as they should, the congestion can be dangerous. It is hard to see anything with cars parked on both sides of the road. Jayne Davenport, Mornington Y eah, they’re pretty safe but a few more zebra crossings would help. It’s not that busy but it’s mostly people picking up their kids. A car park would be safer because the street gets crowded with cars and you can only get one car through at a time. Mitchell Stephan, Acton Park I think they’re basically safe. I think it’s more to do with the children. You see them all the time, shooting across the road and coming out from behind the bus. They need to be more educated. Jennene Grice, Berriedale I t’s not very safe. At my school there’s a bend and you can’t see the cars, it is a blind corner. Maybe they could put in one of those mirrors so we can see around the corner. I think we need a lollypop man as we have a primary school there too. You have to cross the road to get to my school bus and there are primary school kids that catch my bus. Jana Peden, Kingston I think it is safe-ish. I don’t really see much that can be done. After school, when buses are trying to get out and cars are trying to drive along the highway, it gets really congested and it’s harder to cross the road because there is a constant stream of cars and they’ll do almost anything to get past the buses. Ellen Gunn, South Hobart S ome of them are reasonably safe; some are a bit iffy. The worst part is all the cars parked up and down the streets. They should have more designated parking areas because kids step out from behind cars. Cameron Kelty, Claremont Before coming to Tasmania, John Young was a police squad- car driver in Glasgow. In the 1970s he operated the Devonport School of Motoring. He is a member and instructor with the Australian Institute of Advanced Motorists and is passionate about maintaining high standards of driving. John remembers driving a brand-new Rover 3500 coupe when he was 18 years of age. After a 90-minute drive, the owner, a family friend, said that he was a very good driver and that he should consider joining the British Institute of Advanced Motorists. Many years later, John is still enthusiastic about promoting good driving habits. “That advanced motorist who influenced me is long gone, but I often think of him, and I try to keep the flame alive,” John says. “My daughter became an advanced motorist with the Institute while she was at university in Hobart, when she was only 18 years old. She is still a member and now has two children of her own, who, one day, may be encouraged to follow in our footsteps.” I know this could be a contentious opinion, but what I have written is based on facts and it may be worth throwing this hat into the ring, and seeing what sort of reaction it elicits. I think that professional driving instructors should have more say as far as the competency of their students is concerned, when presenting them for their driving test. After all, the instructor sits beside the student for many hours, instead of the twenty minutes or so that the testing officer will. In Britain they used to allow one hours’ driving lesson for every year of your life, and this meant that there were learners who took dozens of lessons before sitting their test, especially in an urban environment. This means that the instr uctor is far better qualified to judge whether they deser ve to pass their test than the testing officer. I assume things have not changed in Britain. If anything, the number of hours has probably increased, commensurate with the traffic density. John Young Opinion 10 October / November 2012 In our community
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