Dangerous crossing

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 12:00am

Kathleen McLearie's letter ('Cat and mouse peril at pedestrian crossing', South China Morning Post, June 8) was of great interest as I encounter a similar problem almost daily.

There is a pedestrian crossing outside the Kwai Fong MTR station used by thousands of pedestrians every day.

I have sometimes been halfway across and been narrowly missed by a speeding lorry or minibus.

On one occasion I noted the number of an offending truck and reported the incident to the traffic police. They got in touch with me and said they had located the driver and asked if I wanted to take further action.

About 100 metres from this crossing there is a road intersection with traffic lights.

Some mornings I have seen four traffic wardens and two policemen near this intersection trying to catch pedestrians crossing when the road is clear, but with the lights against them. I have never seen a warden or a policeman near the dangerous crossing outside the MTR.

I have often wondered why this is so. Is it because pedestrians are a softer target than speeding minbuses and trucks? In European countries if a pedestrian steps on a crossing all vehicles must stop and to overtake a vehicle already stopped at a crossing is a very serious offence.

It seems that in Hong Kong we are trying to emulate the mainland where the pedestrian has no rights at all.


Tsuen Wan