A mother who saw her son fatally hit by a car as he crossed a road after getting off a school bus has slammed drivers for continuing to ignore the speed limit as they pass stopped buses.
South Waikato resident Mandie Roband contacted The Courier after reading last week’s story online about school buses and speeding vehicles.
Her 12-year-old son, Jordan Eastgate, died near Matamata in 2009 when he was hit by a car after leaving his school bus.
Ms Roband said despite a 20kmh speed limit for vehicles passing a stopped school bus, drivers continued to ignore the rule.
“The message has just not got across at all.”
She had heard of other children being hit by cars after getting off buses since her son’s death and while none had been killed, it was not good enough.
“It takes little effort to slow down,” she said.
Ms Roband and her two other children had since started campaigning online for more driver awareness.
Her partner, Grant Eastgate, who has been a truck driver for more than 30 years, now uses his truck intercom to warn other drivers of school buses when he passes them.
Mr Eastgate said while there was a focus on tourists’ driving on New Zealand roads, more Kiwi drivers needed to be aware of their own.
“What about our own driving . just slow down.”
Ms Roband said something needed to change before another family lost a child to a speeding driver.
“You really don’t want to bury your child.”