Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Dear Pre­mier,

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

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