Dog pays for ignorance
CONCERNED residents of Dickson St in Craiglie have called on Cairns Regional Council to do something about the intersection with Old Port Rd where a pet dog was killed last week.
Louise Stevensen was devastated to find her pet dog Millie tossed into the bushes at the Old Port Douglas Rd intersection last Wednesday.
She claims it was an accident waiting to happen as vehicles continually fail to give way at the intersection which leads to the highway.
“The tragedy is that they treated her like road kill and threw her in the bushes,” she said.
“At least I was able to give her a good funeral and put her to rest.”
The sad death of Millie, a tiny miniature fox terrier cross chihuahua, is the second pet to be hit by a car in the past six months and third in 10 years for the family.
“When people come off of Old Port Rd, they treat that little space as an extension of the road, not giving way,” Ms Stevensen said.
“I don’t have to give way to them but I’m getting abused by 95 per cent of motorists that don’t stop.
“When I come off the highway they think I’m going down Port Rd but I’m not, I’m going straight through and I’m at risk at being hit by somebody.”
Council said it is already address- ing the issue of high-volume traffic on Old Port Rd, after a petition from local residents prompted an investigation, with a report to be finalised and presented to council this month.
A council spokesperson said this complaint will be treated as a separate issue and the issue of people failing to give-way is being investigated by an engineer.
Read the sign: Louise Stevensen at the troublesome intersection