Pedestrians cross at their peril
'Somebody will get hit one day'ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Kathy van de Wiel does not know how many times she has had a near miss while crossing State Highway 1 on foot at the Seadown Rd traffic lights.
What she does know is she is lucky to have never been hit by the many vehicles which fail to stop on the red light or choose to ignore the signal.
She said motorists wanting to turn left off Seadown Rd on to SH1 often did so on a red arrow.
The red arrow signals soon after the pedestrian crossing button is hit. However, during that time, vehicles turning right on to SH1 from Seadown Rd are signalled with a green light.
Mrs van de Wiel believes that is often where the confusion lies.
"I just about walk across backwards now so I can watch them."
Mrs van de Wiel and her husband use the crossing regularly to walk their 14-year-old daughter to the school bus on Seadown Rd because she feels unsafe crossing the road on her own.
The teen has made the journey on her own only a couple of times.
The couple have taken their concerns to the police, the Timaru District Council and the NZ Transport Agency but the problem still exists, Mrs van de Wiel said.
"I told the cops I don't care if it's one person a week that uses that [crossing], or 500 people a day.
"They should be able to walk over there safely but they can't because people don't abide by the lights.
"I'm quite concerned somebody will get hit one day."
She said the police had monitored the lights and she was grateful to them but the problem had not been resolved.
The NZ Transport Agency could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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