Driving instructor says this intersection is a mess
RETIRED defensive driving instructor Carl Hillman said wholesale changes were needed to make the Haly St pedestrian crossing safe.
He ran a Queensland government sponsored driving course prior to his retirement and he reckons there are far too many distractions that draw a driver's attention no matter which side they approach from.
"The trees and vegetation on the footpath are a distraction and the footpath steps out from its natural line which is something a driver wouldn't expect to see," Mr Hillman said.
He said the curb on the south side, which he described as a "concrete monstrosity", added to the problem.
The approach from Youngman St does not have a clear marking for where double lanes end so drivers heading east have to quickly merge lanes before they have to watch for cars turning at the Glendon St intersection.
All of this makes it easy for drivers to neglect walkers entering the zebra crossing, Mr Hillman said.
Mr Hillman said the garden beds should go.
"The council thinks it's wonderful, that it beautifies the town, but if it costs the life of someone then it's not worth putting it there," he said.
Traffic turning from Glendon St have to deal with the same blind spots and Mr Hillman reckons the central parking adds to their woes.
"Generally speaking I'm in favour of central parking, but not here," he said.
Traffic approaching from the Kingaroy St side have it a little easier but that changes when the sun starts to set.
Mr Hillman reckons the direct sunlight beaming into a driver's eyes coupled with the shade thrown by the trees make pedestrians almost invisible.
"At the wrong time of day you can't see a thing," he said.
His suggestion is to move the crossing away from Glendon St.
"If you sit and watch pedestrians here you can see they cross generally near the Lucky Charm Newsagent, it's sort of the natural centre of that business area," he said.
There may also be some hope in the South Burnett Regional Council's Kingaroy Revitalisation project that proposes closing parts of Glendon St to two-way traffic.
"That may be the saving grace," Mr Hillman said.