Zebra crossing safety: drivers urged to slow down

PUBLISHED: 19:12 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

AN Axminster resident fears somebody could be killed if drivers continue to fail to stop at a zebra crossing in the town.

AN Axminster resident fears somebody could be killed if drivers continue to fail to stop at a zebra crossing in the town.Terry Barker, who owns Shoemate, in Silver Street, said he has almost been hit before as drivers flout the law at the crossing in West Street.On one occasion his hand hit the car mirror - but still the driver carried on. He said: "I've nearly been hit when I had my foot on the crossing. Someone could be killed or at least be put in hospital. It will happen eventually. If this has happened so many times to me, it's got to have happened to other people too."He said sometimes the drivers did not see him but other times they just had no intention of slowing down.PC Darren Herridge said the crossing was not ideally situated but that people still had to abide by the law.He said: "When you are approaching a crossing you should slow down. As soon as the pedestrian's foot touches the crossing, you must allow them to cross. Failing to stop is an offence."He said the offence was punishable by three points on the license and a £60 fine.He advised pedestrians to take care and follow the green cross code - looking both ways and checking the car has stopped and it is safe to cross.


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