ROAD CRUSADER: Outraged parent Michael Gregory believes ignoring lollipop ladies puts our children's lives at risk.
ROAD CRUSADER: Outraged parent Michael Gregory believes ignoring lollipop ladies puts our children's lives at risk. Nadine Kennedy

Ignore lollipop ladies at peril

OUTRAGED Emerald father-of-two Michael Gregory thinks parents' disregard for lollipop ladies is putting our children's lives at risk.

Michael regularly witnesses parents jaywalking their children across Yamala Street and setting a bad example.

“I drop my kids off every morning at Emerald State School and there's not a morning that goes by that I don't see at least one parent taking a short-cut across the road with their kids, away from the lollipop lady, sometimes within one car of the lollipop lady,” he said.

Michael is concerned ignoring road safety measures teaches kids it's okay to break rules if mum and dad do it.

“I've had to slam on my brakes on this road for people coming out from behind big four-wheel drives,” said Michael.

“What's a child's life worth for the sake of an extra one or two minutes to cross the road?”

Michael feels the increase in traffic on Emerald's roads calls for a tightening of road safety rules.

“There are a lot more people around than there used to be and there's a lot more traffic,” he said.

“The town's become faster and we have to be more careful.”

Michael said centre parking on Yamala street was a huge problem with cars pulling out in all directions as people make their way to the crossing.

Education is the best way to solve this problem, according to Michael.

“I think the schools need to enforce the facts with the children more and teach the parents through the children,” he said.

A spokesperson for Education Queensland told Central Queensland News jaywalking was not a department issue as it was happening outside of school grounds.


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