Koroit pupil wants to return the favour

KOROIT primary school pupil Samuel Sutcliffe likes his crossing supervisor Sue Hand and wants to keep her and his fellow pupils safe.

Crossing supervisor Sue Hand and Koroit and District Primary School pupil Samuel Sutcliffe who is campaigning to make the crossing safer.
                                                                140502AB01 Picture: ANTHONY BRADY

Crossing supervisor Sue Hand and Koroit and District Primary School pupil Samuel Sutcliffe who is campaigning to make the crossing safer. 140502AB01 Picture: ANTHONY BRADY

That’s why Samuel, 12, has launched a petition to install flashing 40km/h speed restriction signs indicating a school speed zone near his school on Commercial Road.

Samuel and his mother, Leanne, have placed the petitions throughout Koroit calling on VicRoads, Moyne Shire Council and Premier Denis Napthine to install the signs.

Mrs Sutcliffe said one of her son’s main motivations was to protect crossing supervisor Sue Hand.

She said there had been incidents where cars had veered on to the side of Commercial Road to avoid children and Ms Hand. 

“A lot of P-platers pull up at the last minute,” Mrs Sutcliffe said.

She said truck drivers from the nearby Murray Goulburn dairy factory were very considerate about slowing down past the school but there was an occasional truck driver from out of town who did not.

Koroit and District Primary School had several pupils with disabilities and it was particularly important for their safety that traffic slowed down, Mrs Sutcliffe said.

School principal Michelle Bickley-Miller said the school supported the petition because it wanted to improve safety.

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