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Marin Elementary Parents Urged to Drive Slower Near School

After a teacher was nearly hit by a parent driver Wednesday morning, a school official issued a traffic safety request message to parents.

A Marin Elementary School official is asking parents to slow down and use caution when dropping students off at school after a teacher was almost hit by a Marin parent driver Wednesday morning.

“I know some days you are in a hurry to get your child to school on time; but, please slow down and be more aware while driving. Now the weather is changing and it's more difficult to see in the rain,” read a message from school Secretary Janet Nichols. In the message to parents, Nichols said a teacher walking to school was almost hit by a speedy parent.

Traffic safety issues near Marin Avenue were recently addressed, when the Albany City Council voted to safeguard the Marin-Santa Fe Intersection earlier this year.

“This request of slowing down and being more aware while driving is to keep everyone safe.”

What do you think should be done for pedestrian safety near Albany schools?

suzanne baum December 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's not that difficult to get 10 traffic cones and designate a carpool drop off lane, directly in front of Marin's main entrance, within these cones. It is free, takes only 2 parent volunteers and I have done it at two other schools. Cars enter, pull up to the front, the adult volunteer opens the car door for the child and they safely get out. Pretty simple.
JJMarieKK December 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Unsafe driving is occurring all over town. I have observed an increase in drivers running stop signs onto Marin, in front of schools, 4-way stops, everywhere. I am not talking about rolling stops, but drivers barely slowing as they approach and then hitting the accelerator. Just last night a driver turned onto Thousand Oaks off of Key Route without stopping at all. I don't know what to do. It just seems people care less and less for safety.
Brian Parsley December 08, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Irresponsible and reckless drivers, a majority of which are parents, are not just a Marin School problem.
Jenny Craik December 10, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Just this morning walking to Cornell with two 4th graders, we had a car run the red light at San Pablo and Washington right in front of us to then sit in traffic on the other side of the intersection; and then had a woman technically stop at a stop sign as we were crossing the street but then accelerate while we were still in the street, waving her hand at us, to make us walk faster I suppose. It's just ridiculous! Are you really going to get where you are going THAT much faster by that kind of driving behavior? Really, you gain seconds, and it's not worth the risk.
Tanya Grove December 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I'm curious if the parent who almost hit the teacher has a child in that teacher's class. Could make for a tense parent/teacher conference...

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