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Bradford school’s plea after second road death
11:00am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
A petition signed by nearly 1,000 people was today being presented on behalf of a primary school to Bradford Council, calling for traffic calming measures on a road which claimed the life of one of its pupils.
The petition was started by Rukhsana Rashid, a parent governor at St Matthew’s Primary School, Bankfoot, following the death of mother-of-seven Zakhra Bi, 34, on a pedestrian crossing in Mayo Avenue in March.
Her death followed that of St Matthew’s pupil Israr Saad, seven, who was killed when he was struck by a car at the same crossing in April 2010. The driver, Sajjad Khan, was later jailed for nine months and banned from driving for three years after he admitted causing Israr’s death by careless driving.
St Matthew’s head teacher Bob Curran said the petition was calling for traffic calming measures on the main road, including signs warning drivers of their speed and the fact that school children cross the road.
Mr Curran said: “We are very concerned about the speeds that some drivers use on Mayo Avenue and Rooley Lane. More than 450 children come to our school and many of the cross Mayo Avenue with their families twice a day.
“We know, following Mrs Rashid’s petition and some recent tragic events, that the community in general is very supportive of our campaign.
“There have been a number of near misses and it is, we feel, important that some traffic calming measures be introduced to warn drivers that children will be crossing to a primary school.”
Mr Curran said the school had held meetings with ward councillors, including Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green, and was invited to present the petition to today’s meeting of the Council at City Hall at 4pm.
He said: “Our Councillors Ralph Berry, David Green and Lynne Smith have been very supportive as have the police. We have worked together to use speed guns and issue letters to speeding drivers outside our school.
“We are very hopeful that the Council will support us in this matter.”