CROSSING supervisors have been subject to verbal abuse while working on Kingston roads.
Kingston Council has launched a new road safety campaign. The “Save Lives, Not Time” campaign is encouraging drivers to slow down and show more respect on the roads.
Kingston mayor Hadi Saab said that the campaign is targeted at people who drive near schools. “We manage 83 school crossings, and our amazing crossing supervisors have reported many frightening traffic incidents. Sadly, a few have reported they’ve been subjected to verbal abuse from irate drivers. This type of behaviour on our roads and particularly around our schools is disgusting, downright dangerous, and simply won’t be tolerated,” he said.
“As we enter the new school year, we want to foster a new level of respect – respect between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, respect for our supervisors and respect for the road rules. The Save Lives, Not Time campaign messaging is being promoted via all our council channels, targeted outreach to the schools, a roving messaging board, and installed on banners outside every school across Kingston during term one.”
Students at local schools have worked on slogans for the campaign. Students at St Bede’s College in Mentone have created the slogans “Be aware. We all share the road” and “It can’t happen to me… until it does”. Those phrases have been installed on banners around the school.