Calls reignite for safer Owen St crossing
UNREST at the "mind-boggling” decision to not put traffic lights at a busy intersection near a primary school and kindergarten has re-emerged.
Frustrated parents are worried for child safety at the intersection of Drayton and Owen Sts, with one parent saying the intersection sends "shivers down your spine”.
Dalby's Jen Tunley said the incidents on Drayton St in the last fortnight were a real possibility at the intersection, which also accesses the Dalby tennis, AFL and cricket club as well as Bunya Park Racecourse.
"It is the main intersection that Dalby South students and families use to get to and from school,” Mrs Tunley said.
"It is a multi-use, all year round intersection which has heavy peak times it is used and it is (near) a primary school.
"We are talking kids young as four through to 12-year-olds and their parents.”
Mrs Tunley, along with many vocal residents, have campaigned to have traffic lights placed there.
Currently, traffic lights are scheduled to be positioned at the intersection at Orpen St to the Dalby Leagues Club, and at Eton St which would service one of the entrances to Bunnings Warehouse.
Mrs Tunley said after years of driving through the intersection on school-runs, she could recall many nerve-racking incidents.
"The number of near-misses are astronomic,” she said.
"Driving there as a parent every day, you see these little children or even parents, with parents with prams, trying to navigate that highway.
"It sends absolute shivers down your spine, it makes your heart stop, you always think what if that wasn't a near- miss.”
While children at Dalby South State School are regularly educated on the importance of road safety according to Mrs Tunley, she said it was a tall ask for a student to walk away from the school, to cross at traffic lights.
"You look at the average parent or adult in town, they do not walk the five metres to go cross at the crossing, let alone expect a 10 or eight-year-old kid,” she said.
When asked at a media conference on Tuesday about whether council would encourage the Department of Transport and Main Roads to look at safety concerns on Owen St, Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh said they would work with the department on a range of safety concerns.
"It's an issue we'll have to manage with main roads (TMR),” Cr McVeigh said.
"We will be handing that back to main roads to manage the situation to make sure that our communities are safe and to make sure the traffic does flow through the community.”