No crossing Jan

JAN Harris has been keeping a watchful eye on North Rockhampton Special School students for almost three decades.

She was one of the first school crossing supervisors under the Queensland Transport and Main Roads School Crossing Supervisor Scheme, which started in 1984.

For Jan, the best thing about her job is the children.

"I had one come and visit me a couple of weeks ago, on the crossing," she said.

"He's 35 now. He still remembers me."

While Jan is now one of 50 supervisors working at 31 crossings, there will be another joining the force some time next year.

Queensland Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser and Transport and Multicultural Affairs Minister Anna Palaszczuk announced a range of new initiatives to increase safety of school zones in Queensland.

These will include a new crossing at Crescent Lagoon State School in Rockhampton.

Transport and Main Roads central region road safety manager Colin Edmonston said Rockhampton Regional Council was working on plans for the new crossing and once it was installed, a new supervisor would be employed.

Jan said school crossing supervisors were important in ensuring children arrived at school safely.

"There are more and more cars on the road today."

Jan said she had witnessed a few accidents in her time as a crossing supervisor, including one where a high school student driving a van ended in the middle of the crossing.

New safety measures

  • Mandatory standardised school zone operating times (7am - 9am and 2 - 4pm);
  • Mandatory introduction of all day school zones (7am - 4pm) and flashing light signage at split-campus schools;
  • Mandatory installation of school zones and vehicle-activated signage at schools on multi-lane roads;
  • Permission to use the existence of a school zone as an automatic criterion for use of speed camera enforcement; and
  • An additional 15 school crossing supervisors across Queensland in 2012. The development of a school crossing is proposed for Crescent Lagoon School in 2012 and one of 15 new supervisor positions will be allocated to this school.

Crossing supervisors

  • The School Crossing Supervisor Scheme started in 1984.
  • Across the state, there are more 1800 school crossing supervisors working at more than 1200 school crossings.
  • In Rockhampton and surrounds, there are 50 school crossing supervisors working at 31 school crossings.
  • For information about how to become a crossing supervisor, contact the local road safety officer on 4931 1641.

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