Number of incidents at school crossings ‘quite high’

by Mark O'Brien
School crossing

South Dublin County Council (SDCC) have described the number of incidents that occurred at school crossings in the last school term as “quite high”.

During the school term, 13 incidents were reported to the road safety officer. These included collisions at crossings, near misses and drivers failing to stop for the warden.

Council road safety officer Declan Keogh said: “The number of incidents occurring at school crossings is quite high and although drivers are aware of the rules when approaching a school warden crossing, some drivers still fail to stop for the warden, which puts people at risk of being knocked down.

“The number of students crossing alone at school warden crossings is relatively high and those who are crossing with an adult is even higher again which is good, because the higher the number of students and adults walking to school means the number of people driving to school is reduced.”

A report released by SDCC showed that school wardens in South County Dublin crossed an average of 6,005 students and adults at school crossings on a daily basis during the school term.

The crossing counts were recorded over a six-week period between March and April.
During this period, a total of 8,177 primary school students crossed alone while 10,501 students crossed with an adult or guardian, while 321 students crossed at a school crossing on a bicycle.

The report also shows that weather condition can dictate whether people walk or drive to school.

During wet conditions, the numbers of students walking to school dropped while the number of vehicles on the ‘school-run’ increased, which can have a negative effect for local traffic and a knock-on effect on artillery routes.

With the schools and the school warden service finished for the summer holidays, drivers along school routes should notice reduced journey times and less congestion.

“When the schools reopen in late August or September, drivers should bear this in mind and be aware of the extended journey times and the return of traffic congestion around schools and school crossings,” said Mr Keogh.

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