Ignoring speed limits, texting while driving, rush hour chaos … A mother shared her concern about school parking and says parents are to blame.

“It’s a jungle out there.” Every time I park to drop off or pick up my daughters at school I think of this line from the opening of the TV show Underbelly, because while there may not be gangsters and drug queens out there who want to kill me, there are plenty other dangerous things that can get the job done.

Seriously, school parking lots – not just in my daughters school but almost everywhere in school – are like an accident waiting to happen (if they haven’t already).

And it concerns me very much.

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Chaos in the school

First of all, I don’t want my own children to be at the end of an accident, but I also don’t want to be myself and of course I don’t want anyone else to be either. But unfortunately, the chances are good that one of us will be.

The thing about school parking lots, they’re messy at best. There are cars – small cars, big cars, vans, sometimes even a minibus, and lots of them. They drive past, they park, they idle, they go.

Then there are people – tall people, short people, people in strollers, people who ride scooters, ride bicycles, there are buses, there are people crossing streets, there are children getting out of cars, in cars, car doors, that are torn open, people rushed to work – you see, a jungle!

But what makes this jungle even more chaotic and puts it in dangerous territory (and no matter how much some people don’t like to hear it) is that we’re the culprits at least 90 percent of the time. the parents.

It’s the parents who make school parking so dangerous

Because, for starters, it is the parents who break the rules for their own benefit or because of their own disorganization who add to this problem.

I’ve seen it firsthand; I’ve heard about it from others, I’ve read it on social media or in the school newsletter (every single week). Even so, so many parents just don’t believe the rules apply to them, and if they ignore them and are a really bad role model to their own children, they can often put others or their own children at risk.

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Have you ever found yourself guilty? Image: iStock

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All it takes is a little mistake

Some of these decisions seem minor, e.g. B. Parking in disabled places in school to drop children off quickly even though they are not disabled, or parking in the bus zones for the same reasons. You’re late, hurry up and this seems more efficient than waiting for a seat to clear. But each of these decisions is a domino in a row of dominoes and all it takes is falling to knock the rest down.

This also applies to the parents who are on the phone – talking, texting, visibly holding their hands to their ears or tapping the keyboard, often while driving in front of the school, during rush hour, while all the jungle madness is going on around them, except for them wouldn’t know because they’re not paying attention. Well, not about that anyway.

I completely understand parents looking at their phone, texting, calling, doing whatever they do while safely parked, but come on? While driving outside of school? Really?!

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A school zone street sign in Sydney, Australia.

Follow the rules folks! Image: iStock

There is a speed limit for a reason

Then there are the parents who treat the streets around the school like a speedway. You ignore the blinking 40 characters; They ignore the kids who are scattered all over the place and sometimes cross the road at really inconvenient times (because they are kids) and they just drive in the world with no worries.

Or then there are the parents who drive back from the parking lots with lightning speed and without head control and switch off almost entire families at the same time. And no, that’s not an exaggeration, this happened to my friend just last week.

While she was doing the right thing, crossing the street hand in hand with her children, a car spun so quickly that she had to push her children out of the way and then slap the back of the car with her own hand for the driver to do it was changed to the fact that she was behind her. But instead of apologizing, the driver parked her car, got out and abused my friend for touching her car. Because that was apparently the real problem.

See, it’s a jungle!

Okay, so clear, I’m a little cynical, but I am because this problem is so common and so preventable that it just frustrates me so much. No, I’m not perfect, not in parenting, not in driving, so I don’t expect others to be either. What I do expect from parents, however, is general courtesy, responsibility, and care for their own children and others.

Because those who aren’t are the dangerous creatures that turn school parking lots into a jungle, an accident waiting to happen.