A NEW mum says it’s only a “matter of time” before a pedestrian is killed at the intersection of Douro and Hampton Roads in South Fremantle.
Rachel — we’re not using her surname as hubby’s in the army — says the green man doesn’t give people nearly enough time to get across the road before vehicles start streaming through.
Pedestrians often only get halfway across before vehicles turning into Douro stream into the road, often stranding mums with pushers on the median strip.
While vehicles are required by law to give way to pedestrians, Rachel says the reality is once the man stops flashing, motorists start zooming through.
“I have been yelled at, verbally abused, and honked at when crossing this road in accordance with the pedestrian traffic lights,” she’s now written in a complaint to WA main roads.
“I ask on behalf of myself, my child, my neighbours and my community for the pedestrian green man to last long enough for pedestrians to cross safely, and for the turning arrow for drivers to stay red for longer.”
The busy intersection often has people waiting to cross to get to daycare, church and the shops. Rachel says she and other locals have taken to acting as unofficial attendants, shepherding children, the elderly and people with disabilities safely across, often to a cacophany of angry beeps.
Without action, “it’s only a matter of time before someone is injured or killed, simply because Main Roads couldn’t make vehicles wait for an extra few seconds,” Rachel says.
A response from main roads, that she report drivers’ number plates to police, has Rachel hopping mad.
She says if customer services officer Tristan Healy reckons someone trying to cross that road has time to whip out a pen and paper, he’s never had to juggle an infant, a pram and bags of shopping.
“My immediate response is not to record vehicle details, but to get off the road,” she says.
Main Roads has since checked the crossing amd reckons the signals are “operating according to standards”.
It’s handballed the issue to police.
by JESSICA COCKERILL