Obey 20kmh bus limit

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

It was with hor­ror and dis­gust that we ob­served our neigh­bour as she at­tempted to cross Tower Rd this past Fri­day af­ter­noon, af­ter col­lect­ing her chil­dren from a school bus.

The bus was parked and clearly marked as a school bus. There­fore the speed limit should have been 20kmh by pass­ing traf­fic in EI­THER di­rec­tion. Sadly, this was not the case.

With the ex­cep­tion of a few mo­torists who were con­sid­er­ate enough to slow down, the ma­jor­ity of the traf­fic pass­ing the bus showed ei­ther con­tempt or com­plete ig­no­rance, not only ex­ceed­ing the 20kmh limit but clearly also ex­ceed­ing the stan­dard 50kmh limit also.

Had a po­lice road safety unit been in the area, the of­fi­cer would’ve had a field day and rightly so.

Most mo­torists need a huge wake-up call be­fore a child is hit or killed.

Hav­ing lost our own child in 2009 through sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances, Fri­days events came with a sense of deja vu and was far from pleas­ant, as our fam­ily watched and waited for what could have been a tragic ac­ci­dent.

We stress again, the speed limit when pass­ing a sta­tion­ary school bus from EI­THER di­rec­tion is 20 kmh. For those of you who reg­u­larly pass school buses pick­ing up or drop­ping off chil­dren, please spare a thought for those kids and their fam­i­lies and slow down, be­fore an­other child is again hurt, or worse, killed.

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