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Published Friday 21 January 2022
Tags:General, Media Release

Cameras to improve safety at school crossings

All traffic at school crossings in Mitchell Shire will be recorded by cameras in an initiative to keep local students, parents, crossing supervisors and all crossing users safe.

With thousands of students set to return to primary and secondary schools across Mitchell Shire, the cameras will capture video and audio of all traffic passing through school crossings

They were installed by Mitchell Shire Council, with support of the schools, in response to dangerous driver behavior. Reports of drivers speeding through school crossings, failing to stop, and abusing crossing supervisors have increased, putting school communities in danger.

Cameras have been installed at selected crossings in the Shire, with more to come later this year.

The cameras are mounted on posts each day by crossing supervisors using brackets made by the Broadford Men’s Shed.

Bespoke covers made especially for this project ensure a clear image of vehicle number plates in all weather conditions.

If there is an incident, the footage will be downloaded from the camera and passed on to local police. Signage will also be installed to alert drivers to the cameras.

Everyone driving around our schools has a responsibility to take care on the roads, particularly during the peak pick up and drop off times.

Children, especially those in primary years, can be unpredictable and difficult to see.

School crossing supervisors will be working to help children cross safely as they travel to and from school and all drivers are asked to follow their instructions.

Adults should also lead by example and cross at the designated crossings.

School zone speed limits will be back in force and Council’s Local Laws Officers will also be monitoring and enforcing parking restrictions so students can feel safe within our school zones.

Council encourages drivers to make full use of drop off points and to remain patient as the school rush hits.

Comments from Cr Bill Chisholm

"Council were concerned to hear multiple reports of dangerous driving around school crossings," he said.

"Most drivers do the right thing, but these cameras will help to put a stop to behaviour that endangers parents, students and crossing supervisors."

"I want to thank Council staff and crossing supervisors for their work in making this project possible and the Men’s Shed for their great work in making the mounting brackets and weather covers."

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This page was last updated on 21 January 2022.