Ralston Accident should never have happened
Original post made by Safety First on May 3, 2007
We should get safety fences at the drop off areas outside all our schools. Cars and buses should drive to a safe break in these barriers and there should be a short inner barrier at this spot to prevent distracted drivers plowing into waiting students. This accident has happened before in other places. We must protect our kids better. Yes, it may cost money, but so does restriping roads to supposedly calm traffic. This is one instance where the money spent would undoubtedly be worth it. Yes, it may make drop off/pick up more time, but safety should be our priority.
Lets get rid of all the unbarricaded drop off areas around our schools and make them safe!
on May 3, 2007 at 12:23 pm
Most of the PA schools don't really have a "drop off area" since they were designed as neighborhood schools that kids walk to.
on May 3, 2007 at 12:52 pm
Maybe the design of the schools was for walking, but now that has changed and outside all our schools are no parking areas, or red curbs, which mean they are used as drop off areas. These areas are where kids wait, often too close to the curb, and do not pay attention to traffic. These are the areas that should be behind barriers with gaps for passageway with inner barriers inside so that any passenger dropped off or being picked up would have to zig zag through.
on May 3, 2007 at 2:01 pm
I agree with your concern, but I'm not sure it would work at most schools, at Hays some parents drop kids off in the school lot, some near the Jr. Museum, some on the other side of Riconada, etc., at Duveneck some are dropped near the office, some on Channing, some near the kindergarden classes, at Addison kids are dropped of all around the whole block, at Jordan kids are dropped in the parking lot, in front of the school and in a small teachers lot (and some parents just stop on Middlefield), you get my point. I don't think too many kids are waiting for pick-up in elementary school, the majority of parents park and go on to campus. It would work in the middle schools, but might create a reverse safety issue of trapping kids in if there was a fire.