Carol calls time

Carol calls time

CROSSING patrol Carol Mackay is hanging up her lollypop after more than 20 years.
It’s a decision mainly based on the growing menace of distracted drivers.
For 24 years Carol has stood in the rain and shine taking care of our kids as they made their trek across Tuckfield Street to the classrooms of Surfside and Star of the Sea.
Two generations have Carol to thank, many know her by name, and she remembers all her little charges.
But sadly Carol, who only recalls five drive throughs where cars have gone through the crossing, has lost her nerve having seen an increase in drivers talking and texting on phones.
“It’s a lot scarier now than it was. I see people eating breakfast, shaving. When I first started it was only busy for a little under half an hour. Now it’s busy all the shift.
“Up until now it was safe. But it’s really the texting and phones, that’s why I’m retiring. I don’t feel comfortable anymore.”
Carol, who will devote more of her time as a volunteer helping at Jirralingha, said she would miss the faces and parent she meets in the morning and afternoons, saying “in the last five years they’ve become even nicer.”
Carol officially finished her last shift on Friday after devoting the last week to help her replacement take over.

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