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Watch: Dangerous driving near Auckland school crossing calls for change

A city in south Auckland wants Auckland Transport to look at behavior on the roads after drivers were filmed doing burnouts, skidding and driving at high speed near a school crossing.

Waiuku College, which has nearly 1,000 students, has a walkway in front of its entrance.

Congestion during school hours can create hazards for speeding motorists on the school road, which worries Brian Grace, who lives across the road.

Grace has a grandson who attends college, and he installed a camera to capture incidents at the crossing after he worried about student safety.

Brian Grace has a grandson who attends college, he installed a camera to capture all the dangerous incidents at the crossing after he was worried about the safety of the students.

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Brian Grace has a grandson who attends college, he installed a camera to capture all the dangerous incidents at the crossing after he was worried about the safety of the students.

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His camera captured a motorbike shoving a car that stopped at the crossing, speeding cars in the rain and drivers crossing the crossing during the day at high speed. In one instance, a car ended up running onto Grace’s property.

“This level crossing is used by many children – they use mobile phones and lose track of their surroundings. They have to use the crossing, there really should be a second one there,” Grace said.

Waiuku College Principal Stuart Kelly was made aware of the situation a few months after he began work last year. Parents have complained about the safety of the crossing and agree that it could be made safer.

“There is a possibility of a serious accident happening there, there have been a few close shaves and I don’t want to be in a position where there could be damage or injury to any member of our community. school,” he said.

Waiuku College principal Stuart Kelly said he certainly believed the crossing could be made much safer.

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Waiuku College principal Stuart Kelly said he certainly believed the crossing could be made much safer.

“I prefer to be proactive than reactive. We have a duty of care towards our students. »

Kelly also mentioned the rate at which the township is growing, which could lead to increased traffic on the roads.

Grace, Kelly and Waiuku City Manager Sharlene Druyven asked Auckland Transport to have the crossing overhauled.

Druyven raised the issue again Tuesday at a local board meeting, but said the matter had recently been closed.

“It was my recommendation that they reopen the case, it needs to be addressed,” she said.

Druyven has already seen a few close calls. She sees this as a potential injury issue.

“Auckland Transport have shown they are very keen to consider reduced speeds, looking to limit speeds around school zones, so now is a good time to see what they can do,” she said. declared.

However, Auckland Transport has confirmed that it will not include Waiuku College in Part 2 of its Speed ​​Management program, meaning it will not be reviewed at this time.

A spokeswoman said existing laws prevented the authority from lowering limits when drivers’ average speeds were “significantly higher” than the proposed speed limit, without introducing heavy infrastructure treatments.

“He may be a candidate for a permanent 30 km/h limit, when the new legislation comes into force [later this year]”said the spokeswoman.