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Monday, April 30, 2012

Safety Zone near New School

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton creates Safety Zone around new Walkerton District Community School.


On May 1st, the new Walkerton District Community School will open its doors to students -- but some parents have expressed safety concerns.

Brockton will create a Community Safety Zone near the new Walkerton District Community School to alleviate those concerns.

The 21.1 million dollar school opens its doors to high school students for the first time this week -- and elementary students will join them in September.

Concerned parent Christine Brandt first brought the issue to Brockton Council's attention.

The Community Safety Zone will be along Hinks Street between Oriole Circle and Cemetery Road.

Brandt says many students will use that stretch of road to walk to school -- a stretch that averages 15 hundred vehicles each weekday.

Brandt also notes many drivers tend to speed on Hinks Street -- and she feels a Community Safety Zone will reduce the risk of a tragedy.

Brockton last created a Community Safety Zone in the Valleyside Drive neighborhood in Walkerton -- but only after 12 year Molly McDonald was killed after she was hit by a car while biking in 2007.

The Community Safety Zone will reduce the speed limit from 50 to 40 kilometres an hour and violators will face increased fines.

 

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