A local councillor has called a stretch of national road by Magherabeg School, “an accident waiting to happen”.
“It is easy to understand the fear and concerns that parents have in relation to the safety of their children commuting to and from their school,” said Cllr. Paul Canning, who raised parents’ concerns with the roads department. The school sits less than two metres from the busy road from Newtowncunningham to Letterkenny.
At the Inishowen Electoral Area meeting, Cllr. Canning welcomed the news that a national roads safety team are compiling video analysis of area traffic. He asked road users, “to show consideration for the parents and the pupils of this school by slowing down and driving with the utmost care in and around this school”.
“It’s not a nice feeling, sitting in the middle of the road with all your children on board, waiting to cross over to school grounds, when you look in your rear-view mirror and discover an articulated lorry coming around the corner at pace with nowhere to go, as both sides of the road are fully occupied with parents leaving off children,” Cllr. Canning said. A local parent said, “You just sit there and pray to God that the lorry gets stopped in time.”