South Burnett Times office manager, Sharon Jones, was struck by a car on the Haly St pedestrian crossing on August 15, 2018.
South Burnett Times office manager, Sharon Jones, was struck by a car on the Haly St pedestrian crossing on August 15, 2018. Christian Berechree

OPINION: Matter of time before crossing becomes deadly

WHEN our journalist Madeline Grace was hit by a car in April, we started a campaign to get the Haly St crossing upgraded.

As then-editor Will Hunter said at the time, surely one person being hit would be enough for safety upgrades to be made.

Yet Madeline was far from the first to be hit there, and not the last.

Now our office manager, Sharon (pictured), has narrowly avoided serious injury after being hit in the same spot.

Seriously, what will it take for authorities to see this intersection is a danger?

Do we have to wait until someone is killed there?

Sharon knows things could have been much worse, and she is not playing the victim - she just wants to see something done.

She, along with all of us in the office and so many others, have been the victims of terrifying near misses on this crossing.

Every time we go to cross there, we all take extra care because of its well-deserved reputation, yet people continue to say pedestrians should simply be more careful.

This is clearly not enough.

Pedestrians are being careful and drivers, time and time again, say they cannot see them.

People can be as careful as they possibly can, and it does not change the fact that this crossing is a hazard.

We will continue to push for this crossing to be fixed until something is done to make it safer.