Dog pays for ig­no­rance

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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