Drivers running red lights at Thirroul intersection, says resident

danger spot: Motorists are running the red light at this Thirroul intersection, according to a local resident. Picture: Sylvia Liber

danger spot: Motorists are running the red light at this Thirroul intersection, according to a local resident. Picture: Sylvia Liber

A Thirroul resident thinks it’s a matter of time before someone is killed by a driver running a red light at an intersection in the main street.

Albert Vasquez says it’s a “common occurrence” to see cars and buses on Lawrence Hargrave Drive ignoring the red light at the intersection with Railway Parade.

Mr Vasquez says he’s seen people travelling north run the light by speeding through the intersection ahead of climbing the hill.

He’s also seen red-light runners in the congested traffic that plagues this area.

Drivers will dash across the intersection after the light has changed to red, to avoid waiting for the lights to go through another cycle.

“It’s a highly used junction and people don’t stop,” Mr Vasquez says.

“The other day when I was out for a walk, a guy just drove straight through. The people at the lights looked at him and he stuck his finger out the window.

“The attitude of people seems to be ‘oh, we see the red light, we’ll just go straight through’.”

Mr Vasquez says he is concerned people crossing the road from the car parks to the train station could be hit by a vehicle speeding through the lights and wants a red-light camera at the intersection.

“I’d hate to see the day when we need to put flowers there for someone who got killed there because nothing’s been done about it,” he said.

A Transport for NSW spokeswoman said from 2011 to 2015 there had been one crash at the intersection resulting in a minor injury.

“The NSW Government closely monitors all NSW roadways and conducts regular reviews of crash data to investigate a range of options that would improve safety for all road users,” the spokeswoman said.

“Locations for red-light, fixed speed and mobile speed cameras are prioritised by evaluating crash data and other road safety information.

“Community members can also nominate locations on the Safer Roads website where they think a speed camera or red-light camera should be installed and these are assessed by road safety experts.”

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