More kids could be hurt if speed limit isn't lowered
UPDATE TUESDAY: Gladstone mother of two Lauren Salisbury says if the speed limit is not lowered along the stretch of Gladstone-Benaraby Rd near the Toolooa State High School, more children could be hurt.
She has made an online petition, calling for the area to be changed to a 40kmh zone with a crossing.
It comes after a teen was hit by a car on Thursday afternoon.
Her daughter, who is in Grade 4 witnessed the crash while on her way home.
Miss Salisbury waits on the school side of the road, at the small section lined off for parking.
She has a son in Grade 9 at the school, and says it's a struggle every time she picks him up from the school.
"It's always very busy and very hard to find a gap that you can safely pull out of."
She hoped to get more than 100 signatures to gain the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Gladstone Regional Council's attention.
"I don't think people do realise (how bad it is). I pick my son up almost every afternoon. I see the kids trying to cross (the road).
"There's a bus that some kids have to walk across the road to catch to go out to Tannum," she said.
"Then if the parents go on the school side of the road, there's not enough room to find a park."
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said school zones require three guidelines:
- The school has direct access to the road
- The access is a main student entry to the school, and
- There is significant school-related activity on and beside the road.
Visit change.org.au and select the Gladstone Regional Council keep our kids safe petition for more information.
The student who was struck by a car, Breeanna Feeney, returned home on Monday from Rockhampton Hospital.
Her family has set up a Go Fund Me page, asking for donations to assist in purchasing equipment that she now needs, including a walking frame.
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MONDAY: A PETITION has been launched to lower the speed limit of the stretch of Gladstone Benaraby Rd adjacent to Toolooa State High School.
The petition was launched by Lauren Salisbury, following a car and pedestrian accident last Thursday.
She wrote: "A lot of kids cross there before and after school. It is currently a 60km zone. I am petitioning to make it a 40km zone and to get a set of lights and a safe crossing like the one on Philip street."
Already almost 40 people have signed the petition.
One supporter left a message on the page: "My child walks home that way. Car are constantly speeding along that stretch of road. Should be a 40 zone".
Another wrote: "I am a mother of young children. My husband is the station Officer at the fire station and attended this scene. No one should have to go thru this. The poor family has a long road to recovery ahead of them".
The student who was struck by a car, Breeanna Feeney, is in a stable condition in the Rockhampton Hospital.
It's hoped that she will return home this afternoon to start her recovery.
The family has also set up a Go Fund Me page, asking for donations to assist in purchasing equipment that she now needs, including a walking frame.