Warnbro Sound Ave traffic wardens to be re-instated tomorrow

Secret Harbour Primary School year 4 student Tom Prentice, his mother Samantha and Warnbro MLC Paul Papalia at the crossing.
Secret Harbour Primary School year 4 student Tom Prentice, his mother Samantha and Warnbro MLC Paul Papalia at the crossing.

TRAFFIC wardens will be re-instated at the Warnbro Sound Avenue crossing from tomorrow, according to Secret Harbour Primary School P&C president Emma Pearman.

However, there is no solution to the abuse and anti-social behaviour wardens have copped from the public.

Warnbro MLC Paul Papalia said the traffic guards that used to man the crossing were removed after they were subjected to unacceptable behaviour, such as swearing and abuse.

“The behaviour was very intimidating,” he said.

“One warden had someone speed up to her.”

Mr Papalia said it was alarming traffic guards were subjected to such abuse, considering they were there to protect children.

Secret Harbour Primary School principal Lisa Feltcher wrote to parents yesterday, telling them traffic guards had been removed from the crossing from Tuesday indefinitely.

Parent Samantha Prentice said she was shocked when she heard there were no wardens at the crossing yesterday.

“A child will die without a crossing guard, the road is so busy,” she said.

Police manned the crossing today and Mrs Pearman said two guards would return to the crossing tomorrow.

But Mr Papalia said something still needed to be done about the safety of crossing guards.

He is expecting to receive a petition from one of the wardens calling for more safety measures, such as a police presence.

Mr Papalia said he would write to the Minister of Police Liza Harvey calling for traffic calming measures, such as flashing lights, the installation of CCTV and a police presence at the crossing.

Today, while police manned the crossing, an officer had to run down the road chasing a P-plate driver who sped through the 40km/h crossing.

The female driver was given a warning.

A teenager in another vehicle pulled a finger sign at bystanders near the crossing.