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Family of girl knocked down by car in Kirton call for tougher safety measures

By Boston Target  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

  • CAMPAIGN FOR SAFER CROSSING: Parish councillors, from the left: Colin Brotherton, Alan Lee, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council Andy Wharff, councillor Michael Brookes and parish councillor Ian Turner are pictured highlighting the dangers of the crossing.

  • LUCKY ESCAPE: Ten-year-old Megan was knocked down at the Zebra crossing on Kirton High Street. She is pictured with her sister Lauren, 12.

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THE family of a girl who was run over at the zebra crossing on Kirton High Street is calling for tougher safety measures to be put in place.

Ten-year-old Megan was knocked down at the crossing in November while walking to school.

Luckily she escaped with cuts and bruises but was left so shaken that she doesn't want to go out and play.

Her step-dad Lee Sallabanks and mum Louise are now calling on Lincolnshire County Council to replace the zebra crossing with a three colour light pelican crossing.

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And to help fight their case the couple have circulated a petition which can be found in local shops.

Mr Sallabanks said: "We need a crossing in place that will make cars stop. We cannot sit by and wait for a tragedy to happen.

"Megan was lucky to escape with only cuts and bruises, we cannot sit back and wait for a death to happen.

"We tell Megan to use the crossings as they are safe. Now she has had to be told to assume that cars will not stop here. Something needs to be done before someone dies on this crossing."

The campaign for LCC to fund the £80,000 crossing has gained the backing of Kirton Parish Council and local highways officers.

Kirton Parish Council chairman Alan Lee stressed the importance of installing a pelican crossing and said: "We are fighting to try and make this crossing happen to improve the situation.

"A few years ago we had a Zebrite crossing installed and this improved the situation but the area is still dangerous.

"There's a blind bend, either side of the crossing, leading up to it. Cars speed along and if drivers are unaware of it they speed straight past. We do not want a fatality on our hands. It's dangerous, drivers are not stopping."

The campaign has also attracted the support of county and borough councillor Michael Brookes who described the crossing as dangerous. He would like to see the traffic scheme in place.

Plans for the crossing are to be included in discussions on the county council's budget.

Andy Wharff, area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: We are currently developing our capital programme for the next financial year, it is anticipated that a final decision will be made later this month.

"A request was received to upgrade the existing zebra crossing. We completed an assessment and showed that a pedestrian crossing was appropriate at this location. Obviously, this scheme has to be considered and prioritised along with many other proposals, however I am hopeful that we can find a positive way forward."

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  • M_C_Donald  |  February 06 2013, 9:41AM

    The argument that a pelican crossing is needed because drivers are approaching around blind bend and can't see the zebra crossing defies logic. If they can't see a zebra crossing and stop in time how are they going to see a pelican crossing? The problem appears to me to be a case of speeding or drivers not paying attention rather that the type of crossing.

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