Intersection death trap
Mur-bah mother fears for lives of pedestriansYOUNG mum and rehabilitation nurse Helen Dudgeon shivers with fright every time she watches elderly people trying to cross a nearcentral Murwillumbah intersection on electric scooters.
Mrs Dudgeon says the intersection, near Murwillumbah Primary School, is dangerous enough already for young mums, many of them with prams, and children, let alone the elderly.
The intersection of Condong and Riverview Streets has no pedestrian crossings across either stretch of Condong Street and no footpath is provided on Condong Street.
Mrs Dudgeon who lives nearby said she regularly heard minor traffic accidents and squealing tyres of the intersection as cars turned into or out of Condong Street, which leads to Knox Park and is used by many pedestrians heading into the town centre.
Because of a lack of footways on Condong Street, school students, mothers with prams and particularly elderly people on scooters are forced to use the roadway.
"I'm really concerned for elderly people on the scooters since there's three in this street alone," said Mrs Dudgeon.
Another young mum, Mia Hansen, said she regularly pushed a pram and took her two young children to visit her mother in Condong Street.
"It is a dangerous intersection because there is no footpath and cars turn here," she said.
A council spokesperson said the council was willing to look at the situation but was unaware of any specific problem.
The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority was unable to provide a ready answer on whether or not motorised scooters could legally be driven on roads.