Locals jump in at road

2016-02-02 06:00
Sheraton Park resident Peter Bell volunteers to help schoolchildren and other pedestrians cross Military Road safely.  PHOTO: astrid februarie

Sheraton Park resident Peter Bell volunteers to help schoolchildren and other pedestrians cross Military Road safely. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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After numerous requests to their local ward councillor to implement extra safety measures on Military Road, Sheraton Park residents have taken it upon themselves to ensure their safety on the road.

This in the form of a school crossing patrol – making crossing the road safer for all pedestrians and making the turn in and out of Diamond Drive a smoother one.

Resident Beatrice Twigg says they had no choice but to take control of the situation.

“We have many children who need to cross the road to get to school and their safety is of the utmost importance to us. We cannot let them run over the road risking their lives every morning and afternoon,” Twigg says.

She says they started the crossing patrol just after schools opened to ensure pupils can be directed over the road carefully, as many times they run across the road.

“We want to teach the community, especially pedestrians, about road safety and the importance of using the pedestrian crossing, as it has been placed there for them to make use of,” Twigg says.

They do, however, hope that in future signage could be put up along the road to alert motorists to the pedestrian crossing and the yield signs, as not many see it until they actually drive right up to the painted signage in the roads.

“People coming out of Diamond Drive to turn right into Military Road have to wait for a long period before they can safely do so, but now that we have started this patrol we can help them cross over into the intersection more easily,” she says.

Twigg hopes their initiative will show their local councillor that they are serious about pedestrian and motorist safety and get them the safety measures they are hoping for.

People’s Post previously reported that residents have complained about the difficulty of crossing the road or entering Diamond Drive in Sheraton Park (“Residents want ‘more than paint’”, 22 September).

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