School’s concern over road danger

St Peters RC Primary School headteacher Louise Finlay with pupils Elise Dixon, left, Imogen Towner, both 10, and Sebastian Holloway, 4, at the traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing. And below, the crossing itself.
St Peters RC Primary School headteacher Louise Finlay with pupils Elise Dixon, left, Imogen Towner, both 10, and Sebastian Holloway, 4, at the traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing. And below, the crossing itself.
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A SCARBOROUGH headteacher has called for urgent action after two road tragedies were narrowly avoided outside her primary school.

Louise Finlay says drivers are missing the traffic light controlled crossing outside St Peter’s RC Primary School in North Leas Avenue, and speeding through the red lights.

St Peters RC Primary School headteacher Louise Finlay is concerned about the traffic light controlled pedestrain crossing outside the school on North Leas Avenue, where there have been two near misses as cars fail to stop for a red light, due to the low sun at this time of year.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  115031h   14/12/11

St Peters RC Primary School headteacher Louise Finlay is concerned about the traffic light controlled pedestrain crossing outside the school on North Leas Avenue, where there have been two near misses as cars fail to stop for a red light, due to the low sun at this time of year. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115031h 14/12/11

Two young children and a teaching assistant have narrowly avoided being hit by cars in the last month, in the 20mph zone.

Mrs Finlay said: “It’s been one near miss after another. Because of the weather drivers are saying they can’t see the lights.

“We’re very worried and we’re afraid it’s going to take an accident before something is done.

“We don’t want the headline news to be child dies in road tragedy.”

The school has been in contact with North Yorkshire County Council to discuss the issue.

Extra teaching time has been set aside for lessons educating pupils on road safety in an effort to avert any accidents.

“We’ve been reminding them to always look left and right, even when the green man is on,” Mrs Finlay added.

“The motorists also need to be doing just 20 miles-per-hour on that road and they need to be aware that the visibility is not always great.

“A lot of them do not adhere to the speed limit at the moment.”

One two occasions in the last month, motorists at the crossing have been forced to swerve at the last moment to avoid a collision with a young child.

On one occasion the driver stopped while on the other they drove away following the near miss.

Mrs Finlay said she would welcome the introduction of speed detection equipment on the stretch of road.

The school is also investigating the possibility of getting a lollipop man or woman to patrol the crossing at busy times.

As well as the dark evenings and mornings, it is believed that the sun’s glare may at times cause drivers to miss the traffic lights.

A county council spokesperson said yesterday: “We are looking into the issues raised by the school regarding the crossing.”