Resident requests camera at crossing

FOR Rhonda Tully, the short walk to work each morning can sometimes feel like a matter of life or death.

Mrs Tully walks from her Warilla home to her job at a nearby printing company, but says the actions of drivers at the intersection of Queen Street and Shellharbour Road during the morning peak hour rush makes the short trip a dangerous one.

"You'll be waiting to cross the road and you get the walk signal at the lights, but people are travelling so quick, especially those going north, that they can't stop at the red light in time," she said.

"It's not just when you're walking either; you'll be in your car wanting to turn on to Shellharbour Road and you don't feel safe."

Mrs Tully said she frequently saw people ignoring the left-turn red light arrow when turning onto Shellharbour Road from Queen Street.

Mrs Tully believes a red light speed camera should be installed at the intersection.

"I've recently started walking to work more," she said. "It's just getting worse and worse to the point that I think something needs to be done to slow people, otherwise I think someone will be killed. There's a similar stretch of road at Windang where a camera was put in and that seems to have really slowed people down."

Mrs Tully said she had been in contact with Roads and Maritime Services and Transport NSW and was hopeful something would be done.

A spokesperson from Transport NSW said the intersection would be reviewed later in the year to see if a camera was necessary.

"Red light speed cameras are currently being rolled out to intersections across NSW at locations that meet the criteria outlined in the NSW Speed Camera Strategy. Sites are prioritised for review if they have a high frequency or severity of crashes, are high-risk locations or are regional priority sites.

"Review of potential locations includes detailed crash analysis by the Centre for Road Safety, review of the site by RMS road safety and technical staff and a final assessment as to whether a camera, or other options, would best address any safety issues at the site.

"From 2008 to 2012 there were nine crashes at this intersection of Shellharbour Road and Queen Street, Warilla, resulting in eight injuries."

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