NURIOOTPA High School’s Student Representative Council (SRC) is taking the community’s safety into its own hands, creating a petition to reduce road risk.
The SRC, which comprises around 30 students, ranging from years eight to 12, has received almost 200 signatures for its petition aimed at introducing a school speed zone along a section of Penrice Road.
The 50 km/h stretch is located along the school’s frontage where bus drop-offs and pick-ups occur, and near the major intersection of Murray Street, Old Kapunda Road and Penrice Road.
SRC vice-president and year 11 student Mitchell Gebert said the issue has been on the group’s radar for a number of years and, finally, it as decided some action must be taken.
“It was brought to our attention a few years ago…that there was a genuine concern the rush hour traffic and buses leaving along the roads, and kids parking across the road, that (the only safe way to cross) was having to use the lights,” he said.
“Going down to the lights is a matter of going in the other direction.
“It’s easy to say ‘cross there’, but that is just not happening, so this is just a matter of trying to prevent something from happening.”
The petition, along with a letter, was presented to Barossa councillors at their yesterday morning meeting, which was held after The Bunyip’s deadline.
Mitchell said the SRC’s aim is to see a 25 km/h school zone introduced, however it is very keen to work with council and find the most appropriate solution.
“If we can’t get the speed limit reduced, then we have asked ‘can we get a children’s crossing sign, or can we, potentially, have an island in the middle of the road’, so that kids can cross halfway and stay in the middle and be safe.
“It is not something that they can say ‘no, nothing is going to be done about it’; we are just asking ‘can there be a solution?’”