Kids’ crossing ordeal as cars ‘ignore’ lights

The pedestrian crossing in Queen Street EMN-151115-145911001
The pedestrian crossing in Queen Street EMN-151115-145911001
  • Childminder speaks out after “scary” experience in town centre
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A childminder has issued a frightening warning that cars are repeatedly driving through red lights at pedestrian crossings and putting young people’s lives at risk.

Market Rasen childminder Rachel Eckersley says she experienced two “scary” incidents, in as many days, at the crossing in the town’s Queen Street.

On both occasions Rachel was with six children, who were left shocked by the ordeal.

Rachel says there is ‘no doubt’ the children would have been hit, if had they crossed with the ‘green 
man’.

She said: “It was very scary. I was on my way home from school.

“I tell the children that even though the green man is beeping they must make sure the cars have 
stopped.

“Had I not have said that I think they would have been hit, without a 
doubt.

“I have no doubt that on both occasions, at least one child would have been injured, should they have crossed.

“These are not isolated incidents, this has happened on other 
occasions.

“I’m not sure if anything can be done, but it is very worrying.”

The children were all under nine years old, with the youngest just 
one.

Rachel said: “They were a little bit shocked.”

Rachel believes the problem is down to drivers who are not paying attention - and hopes they are not deliberately flouting the rules of the road.

She said: “I think they’re just not noticing the lights, they’re not paying 
attention.”

Rachel thinks something needs to be done to address the problem.

She said: “If there could be some sort or warning sign, that would be good, like you have flashing lights near schools.”

The incidents happened last Monday and Tuesday (November 9 and 
10).

On Wednesday, Rachel wrote to Lincolnshire County Council to highlight the issue.

At the time of going to press, Rachel had not received a reponse from the 
council.

Following an approach by the Rasen Mail, Lincolnshire County Council area highways manager Steve Wiles said he was not aware of any problems.

He said: “We are not aware of any issues at this pedestrian crossing.

“The crossing is in a 30mph limit, on a busy shopping street, and the lines and lights are clearly visible.

“Therefore if a driver has gone through a red light, they must be driving without full attention, which is something that additional signs would be unable to 
address.”

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