CROSSING DANGER: Kingaroy woman Taleah Gould believes the Haly St zebra crossing is unsafe.Photo Rhiannon Tuffield / South Burnett Times
CROSSING DANGER: Kingaroy woman Taleah Gould believes the Haly St zebra crossing is unsafe.Photo Rhiannon Tuffield / South Burnett Times Rhiannon Tuffield

Only a matter of time: crossing still threat for pedestrians

ALMOST two years ago, a friend of Taleah Gould's was hit by a car as she crossed the Haly St zebra crossing in Kingaroy.


"The driver didn't see her, and now she has permanent hip damage," Ms Gould said.


"I know of several others who have almost been hit, and I have almost been run over twice since the improvements to the crossing."


Work on the crossing back in June resulted in a raised concrete blister being built on the southern side of the street to increase the visibility of pedestrians.


But Ms Gould doesn't think it is enough.


"I think the crossing itself isn't very visible in terms of the paint on the road," she said.


"They put in those side islands, but I don't think it has made a difference.


"It needs to be raised and have a speed bump to slow people down - they fly down the road and there's nothing to slow them down."


Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington believed the crossing was a major concern for the community and welcomed the improvements back in June.


"The upgrades to the Haly St pedestrian crossing aimed to increase safety for pedestrians and give them a protected area on the southern side when accessing the crossing itself," Mrs Frecklington said.


Despite lingering concern in the community, Mrs Frecklington said she had not received any complaints in regard to the crossing.


She said she was willing to take further concerns to the Department of Transport and Main Roads and welcomed the community to phone her office if they were concerned.


Ms Gould believed the near misses were a combination of lack of pedestrian visibility and carelessness of drivers.

"People are a bit ignorant of the road rules," she said.

"I think they just need to educate drivers about their responsibilities on the road.


"The crossing is in an awkward position, especially when you're coming around the corner, but it's definitely still the responsibility of the drivers.


"Whoever is crossing, they have a right of way. They should slow down and pay more attention."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads was contacted for comment but did not offer a response in time for print.


To lodge a complaint about the intersection, phone the Department of Transport and Main Roads on 1300 728 390.
 

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