Residents see red
MOTORISTS running red lights at a busy Pt Chevalier intersection are putting lives at risk, residents say.
Two primary school pupils had a narrow escape as they biked to school last Wednesday.
They were crossing from Great North Rd to Pt Chevalier Rd on a green signal when a car sped late through the intersection, narrowly missing them.
St Francis School principal Marianne Booth says the junction is dreadful.
“The problem is a lot of kids coming from Waterview have to cross two slipways that don’t have pedestrian crossings.
“Then they get to the lights and even that’s not safe because cars run red lights.”
Jackie McGivern was disgusted to see three cars run a red light while walking her five-year-old daughter Emily to school on Monday.
The crossing signal was on when the cars sped through the intersection of Pt Chevalier Rd and Great North Rd.
“I was so angry. I’m trying to teach my child how to cross safely. I thought it was outrageous.”
Mrs McGivern often crosses at the junction while walking Emily to St Francis School. She says red light runners are common and make it dangerous for pedestrians.
Pt Chevalier community constable Brendon Muir says the period between 7.30am and 9am is the worst, with large amounts of traffic using the intersection.
“It’s a big transit road and common sense goes out the window,” he says.
“Cars fight to get through the traffic light phase. The issue needs to be addressed.”
The route is a shortcut for motorists travelling west, along with people going to work, school and Unitec.
Mr Muir is taking a zero tolerance approach to drivers running red lights at the intersection.
“There have been accidents there but no one has been seriously injured yet.
“But when someone who is waiting at the crossing, gets the signal and has to wait for red light runners, that’s unacceptable.”
The advertising campaign around intersection safety has been effective, but some people lose their common sense in rush hour, he says.
“It’s only a minority who do it.
“They just don’t think about the consequences to the potential victims who are crossing the road legally.”
Crossing danger: Jackie McGivern and her daughter Emily have to avoid cars running red lights while they walk to school.