KAP CANDIDATE WRITES TO PREMIER RE CROSSING IN PD
Pedestrians urgently need a proper, posted zebra crossing
along Port Douglas Rd near the Port Douglas roundabout.
School kids crossing the road take their lives into their own hands when they try to cross at any time of the day.
I have seen large numbers of children, some as young as five, racing the traffic in order to cross the road while on their way to or from school.
Local drivers might be aware of the problem and drive accordingly but there are a lot of tourists from all over the country who drive into Port completely unaware that children could be crossing in front of them.
Heavy vehicles travelling at 60klms per hour also use this road posing a much greater hazard for the kids on bikes or on foot.
The present informal, unmarked crossing site used each day by school kids on the west side before the roundabout is barely visible.
Vehicles leaving the roundabout heading west, approach the informal crossing at speed after exiting the roundabout.
This crossing is approximately 40 meters from the roundabout. It is only a matter of time before someone is injured trying to cross this busy road.
I can’t understand why there is no crossing there. The State Government must put in a zebra crossing and place a lollipop lady there during school hours.
Irrespective of the cost this urgent safety measure should be implemented immediately. The safety of these children is paramount.
Gordon Rasmussen, Julatten