October 22 2014 Latest news:
Friday, August 22, 2014
Motorists travelling through a coastal town have been warned to take extra care at a pedestrian crossing on the A14.
The warning comes from police in Felixstowe after reports of vehicles failing to stop at the red lights at the pedestrian crossing at the Dock Spur roundabout, also known as the water tower roundabout.
Residents James and Sarah Feaviour have concerns, with Mr Feaviour saying: “I believe someone is going to get seriously injured, or killed. Drivers continually ignore the lights on what is a very fast and extremely busy stretch of road.
“I use those crossings at least four times a day and can honestly say someone on most days fails to stop, and only recently I stepped out to cross the road with my wife and two dogs, when the green man was on and the traffic lights were red and a lorry failed to stop.”
Sergeant Peter Street, from the Felixstowe and District Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said: “We have received several reports of vehicles going through pedestrian crossing red lights at the Dock Spur roundabout. I believe many motorists are not aware that the crossings are there, however, this does not excuse the fact they failing to observe the red lights and putting the lives of pedestrians at serious risk.”
Sgt Street also said recommendations have been sent to an advisor to the Highways Agency and added: “In the meantime, Pc Natalie Howard from Felixstowe SNT will be overseeing the issue, and dealing with drivers where offences are observed. We will also be contacting haulage companies to spread the message of the hazards of running through a red light and we will be looking to prosecute offenders.
“But the poignant message to get across to motorists is that the crossings do exist, and every time they run the lights they are endangering the lives of pedestrians, as well as themselves, and they need to exercise caution and vigilance when approaching the area. We urge pedestrians to exercise vigilance, motorists to slow down and be more aware of their environment – and parents to ensure their children, if they use the crossing are aware of the dangers and supervise them, or get them to use an alternative route.”