Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

School division concerned about safety

No-stopping and loading zone areas around schools, like Meadows School seen in this image, are not being respected by all parents dropping off and picking up their children, says the chair of the Brandon School Division. It is creating a safety concern, Mark Sefton says.

BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN Enlarge Image

No-stopping and loading zone areas around schools, like Meadows School seen in this image, are not being respected by all parents dropping off and picking up their children, says the chair of the Brandon School Division. It is creating a safety concern, Mark Sefton says.

Parents stopping in the no-stop zones outside schools are creating a safety concern for Brandon School Division.

Board chair Mark Sefton said the problem is becoming a bigger issue across the city, especially now with the recent snowfall.

"People are stopping basically right in front of no-stopping zones to unload or load kids," Sefton said. "There’s a lot of traffic right around schools at certain times of the day … You combine a lot of traffic and people stopping where they shouldn’t and poor sight lines, it’s a very scary situation."

Sefton says he understands that parents want to make the trip to the doors as short as possible for their kids, but if sight lines aren’t clear it’s a "tragedy waiting to happen."

"We know what kids are like when they get out of school, they sure don’t always stop, look and listen," Sefton said. "I don’t want to overstate it, but at the same time we really need motorists to be cautious."

Parking at the schools is controlled by signs that indicate either no parking or no stopping. Each Brandon school has a no-stop zone marked with signs and they’re usually right in front of the school. They also appear at crosswalks beside schools.

Bylaw enforcement officers regularly patrol schools. The fine for stopping in a no-stop zone is $120, but that is reduced to $40 if it is paid within seven days.

"I understand why people get ticked off if they get a ticket, but at the same time, we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to make sure that it’s a safe environment for kids," Sefton said. "Snowfall seems to heighten the issue because of narrowing of roadways, snow piles, colder temperatures … perhaps people want to try to drop their kids off as close to the door as they can so that they’re not out in the cold."

Brandon Police Service Sgt. Kevin Loewen said drivers often mistake the no-stopping signs for no-parking signs or believe they can just stop quickly to drop off or pick up their children.

"Some people appear to believe that if they are still in their vehicle, they’re not stopped, and stopped means stopped. That doesn’t mean vehicle left unattended," Loewen said.

Loewen said the problem isn’t getting worse, but the concern is always there.

"This is a safety concern that obviously everybody shares and the enforcement efforts that our staff are making are simply to make those areas safe," Loewen said. "Nobody wants to be a driver that hits a child and no one wants to have their children hit at school, so because there is such a large number of pedestrians crossing ... we want to try to ensure that those areas are as safe as we can possibly make it, even under adverse winter conditions."

» jaustin@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 15, 2012

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 1 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

Perhaps the enforcement is not consistant and therefore not respected. Get more officers involved or give the School Principles some authority to report the offenders and have the tickets sent out in the mail. Heck if it's ok for a camera to send a ticket why not a Principle?

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Parents stopping in the no-stop zones outside schools are creating a safety concern for Brandon School Division.

Board chair Mark Sefton said the problem is becoming a bigger issue across the city, especially now with the recent snowfall.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

Parents stopping in the no-stop zones outside schools are creating a safety concern for Brandon School Division.

Board chair Mark Sefton said the problem is becoming a bigger issue across the city, especially now with the recent snowfall.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media