Woman’s fears for chil­dren’s well­be­ing

Bo­ral in­sists on low speed

NewsMail - - NEWS - CRYS­TAL JONES ON­LINE ED­I­TOR crys­tal.jones@news-mail.com.au

A BUND­ABERG woman has shared her con­cerns for school­child­ren cross­ing a road where trucks turn to go to a nearby quarry.

Lynn Merry says she wit­nessed sev­eral risky in­ci­dents with trucks mov­ing from Branyan Drv to To­mato Is­land Rd to get to the Bo­ral quarry.

Branyan Road State School is on Branyan Drv, with To­mato Is­land Rd run­ning down be­side it.

“I was wait­ing for my son to pick me up when I saw these peo­ple driv­ing around the cor­ner,” Ms Merry said.

Liv­ing nearby, Ms Merry said she of­ten hears the trucks but it was the first time she had seen them turn­ing down that road.

“There were kids aged nine or 10 cross­ing to get to the school and the guy didn’t slow down,” she said.

“They need to use com­mon sense.

“I know they’re go­ing to a quarry and they’ve got a job

We ex­pect and in­sist that our driv­ers fol­low all road rules and reg­u­la­tions, es­pe­cially when it comes to speed.

— Bo­ral spokesman

to do but it’s a school.

“They just went fly­ing around that cor­ner.”

Ms Merry said if the chil­dren had been on a slightly dif­fer­ent part of the road, things could have gone very badly.

“If they hit the kids, they’ve got to live with that,” she said.

Ms Merry called on truck driv­ers and the pub­lic to be care­ful when driv­ing near schools.

A spokesman for Bo­ral said the com­pany took road safety very se­ri­ously and would re­mind driv­ers to act with care around chil­dren.

“We recog­nise the need for safe and ef­fi­cient trans­port of con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, which is why Bo­ral is com­mit­ted to a Road Trans­port Code of Con­duct,” he said.

“We ex­pect and in­sist that our driv­ers fol­low all road rules and reg­u­la­tions, es­pe­cially when it comes to speed.

“We will re­mind all Bo­ral driv­ers on the route to take ex­tra care, given the prox­im­ity of the school.”

Branyan Road State School was con­tacted for com­ment but a re­ply was not re­ceived by pub­li­ca­tion time.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN150917TOMATO2

RISKY TURN-OFF: A woman is con­cerned that trucks are not driv­ing care­fully as they turn from Branyan Drv to To­mato Is­land Rd.

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