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Some Hamilton drivers are performing dangerous manoeuvres directly in front of schools, abusing parking wardens and running red lights.
Hamilton City Councillors Sarah Thomson and Mark Bunting say inconsiderate and dangerous driving around schools is a city-wide problem – and it appears to be getting worse.
“Essentially people are driving and acting like maniacs around schools during the drop-off and pick-up times. People are parking on yellow lines right in front of crossings, or even sometimes on crossings. Drivers are parking right on cycleways and then do dangerous manoeuvres when they pull out,” Thomson said.
Traffic data shows red light running peaks at 9am and 3pm in the city - traditionally around the start and finish of the school day, respectively.
Community advocacy groups have suggested several solutions to curb irresponsible driving behaviour including having reliable bus services along popular commuting routes and safe cycle lanes.
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