Res­i­dents see red

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

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.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Cross­ing dan­ger: Jackie McGivern and her daugh­ter Emily have to avoid cars run­ning red lights while they walk to school.

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