Dangerous crosswalks worry parents

Dangerous crosswalks worry parents

UPGRADE DAY

In Warwick in the Centre-du-Québec region, parents of students who walk to primary school are worried about the safety of their children. They consider the pedestrian crossings dangerous and ask the authorities to act. 

Every morning, around 7:40 a.m., the children arrive at school and the bell is about to ring. ring. In a hurry to join their friends, little ones hurry to cross the street by the pedestrian crossing in front of the school, in the race between the cars driven sometimes driven by adults more impatient than them.

Parents, worried, denounce the behavior of certain motorists.

“It goes very fast here, said a mother. And you never know if motorists are going to make their mandatory stop to let the children cross, I never let mine cross alone.”

“It's true that sometimes the stops are half done , it's not very safe,” added a father.

Over the past few years, the City of Warwick has installed several measures such as permanent flashing stops, moving stops in the middle of the street and a drop-off area. But parents are asking for more.

“It would take the presence of a crossing guard. I think we should get together and show up at city hall to show that the safety of our children is important and that the current situation is unacceptable,” suggested Isabelle Geoffroy. Several other parents met on site Tuesday morning by TVA Nouvelles consider the idea appropriate.

But the mayor, Pascal Lambert, does not intend to go in this direction: “There are already two crossing guards on the street from the Hôtel-de-Ville where it is a very busy artery. Here on St-Louis Street, I think that the measures we have put in place are sufficient to ensure the safety of children. The rules must still be respected and that is why we have made a request to the Sûreté du Québec, jointly with the school, for patrollers to carry out special surveillance here.”