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SAFETY CONCERNS: Lennox Head residents Jane McDonald, Reuben Sharpe, 4, Cooper Adamson, 3, and Renee Adamson are concerned about traffic issues around the Lennox Head Public School.
SAFETY CONCERNS: Lennox Head residents Jane McDonald, Reuben Sharpe, 4, Cooper Adamson, 3, and Renee Adamson are concerned about traffic issues around the Lennox Head Public School.

RECKLESS driving behaviour around Lennox Head Public School is putting children's lives at risk, and parents have had enough.

Jane McDonald and Renee Adamson each have two children attending the school, and a child each at the preschool.

They said people regularly drove too fast along Byron St.

"It's dangerous," Renee said.

"There have been some near misses and it is a worry for parents."

Ballina Shire Council's road safety officer, Jodie Hewett, said other major traffic concerns included people stopping and parking in the bus zone, using mobile phones, and drivers failing to wait until the crossing was clear of pedestrians before driving across.

"Children are extremely vulnerable road users because of their size, unpredictability and inability to judge speed and distance," she said.

"Many of our local schools have similar road safety issues, including illegal parking and double parking.

"The police have been informed about the problems and they will be watching."

Parents at Lennox Head Public School have also started a petition, calling for flashing lights to be installed at the crossing on Byron St.

Schools which have problems with illegal or dangerous parking should contact the council on 6686 4444.


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