Ongoing investigations into pedestrian safety

After the deaths of two pedestrians and numerous near misses in Maryborough’s CBD, the Central Goldfields Shire Council is prioritising an inspection of pedestrian safety.

A 77-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the road at the Inkerman and High streets roundabout on January 31 while a 95-year-old man died shortly after he was hit by a car while crossing Inkerman Street on his mobility scooter last July.

Two pedestrians were also hit by cars while using crossings in the CBD, but suffered minor injuries, within weeks of each other around May last year.

Earlier this month Goldfields Police Service Area Inspector Donna Mitchell called for questions to be raised around road infrastructure.

“You have to start asking from an infrastructure point of view, is that intersection safe,” Insp Mitchell told The Advertiser.

“Considering the demographic of this town, is it actually set up the right way, is the roundabout the right strategy to have at that intersection? It might be right for cars but is it right for pedestrians?”

Central Goldfields Shire manager infrastructure Ron Potter said council is now prioritising an inspection of pedestrian safety.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 25

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