Your View: Zebra crossings

I WAS interested in the article regarding the zebra crossings in Kadina and the fact a lot of motorists do not give way to pedestrians on or about to enter the crossings (YPCT 4-4-18).

There are about half a dozen of these crossings in and around the Kadina CBD and, according to the article, council will be installing more as the Kadina town centre development continues. This amounts to a considerable potential for accidents.

Luckily, we in Moonta do not have this problem as we have no zebra crossings on our busy main street. It seems the elected members have the safety of Kadina citizens foremost in their development plans.

In Moonta we do, however, have a “crossing” on George Street which is more of a danger to our senior citizens than a safe means of crossing the busy street as some motorists give way to pedestrians and others do not. This makes it confusing for senior citizens as they are unsure if vehicles are obliged to stop for them, which they are not, or if they must wait for the vehicles to pass. I have been keeping a close eye on this “crossing” and have noticed more people are choosing not to use it at all because at least by crossing the street at another point the give-way principle is clear.

In my opinion, councillors should vote to scrap the dangerous “crossing” on George Street and install at least one zebra crossing.

During Easter there was a tremendous amount of traffic on George Street and I am sure most visitors would not have given way to the pedestrians at the “crossing”, resulting in considerable frustration. If a zebra crossing was installed, traffic would have to stop to allow the pedestrians to cross safely.

Joe McMillan, Moonta Bay

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