Schools call for crossing guard at accident scene
Charlottetown is considering putting a crossing guard at an intersection where two high school students were struck by a car last week.
The accident happened during the busy lunch hour at the corner of Pond and Queen Streets, as hundreds of students were making their way to fast-food restaurants on University Avenue. One of the students suffered a broken arm, and the driver was charged and fined $70 for failing to yield at a crosswalk.
That incident made two local principals, at Colonel Gray High School and Queen Charlotte Intermediate, rethink the safety of the corner.
"The white lines are valuable in crossing areas, but they can't make decisions that a crossing guard could," Queen Charlotte principal Parker Grimmer told CBC News on Monday.
The two schools have asked the city to invest in a crossing guard at the intersection, which many students say is very dangerous.
"We've actually all almost been hit before," said Colonel Gray student Dylan Larter.
"It's terrifying, because like literally the car is like two feet away," said Claire Burn, who is also at Colonel Gray.
There are three other crosswalks on Queen Street near the schools. If a crossing guard is put in at Pond, those other cross walks could disappear.
"There's a number of crosswalks that go across Queen Street, and I might recommend that some of those be removed," said police committee chair Rob Lantz.
"The principals have indicated … if we get it in place, they'll direct their students to the guarded intersection."
Some students are skeptical forcing everyone onto one crosswalk would work.
"When it's raining I don't want to wait. I'll probably just stand there and car stops and I'll just go," said Larter.
"I don't think they'd take the time to go all the way around, because if you're going to Dairy Queen it's like right there," said Burn.
Grimmer hopes there will be a crossing guard in place soon and then, he said, it will be up to him to inform his students and encourage them to use it.