Bollards steady drivers
BUSINESS owners at Alstonville Plaza have noticed a significant change in driver behaviour since the installation of bollards last week to prevent cars mounting the curb.
The erection of the metal bollards around the perimeter of the car park outside businesses comes more than three months after an 83-year-old woman was hit by a car outside the Alstonville florist, pinned under the vehicle and dragged several metres, suffering serious injuries.
Alstonville Florist owner Kerry Thomson said it had only been since the bollards were installed last week that motorists had changed their driving and parking habits in the plaza car park.
"Since the accident we had lots of people who had screeched to a stop and hit the gutter and every staff member and customer in the shop has frozen," she said.
"Before the bollards were installed I felt there was always a rush to get into a car park, possibly before other drivers took it or possibly because there was traffic."
Mrs Thomson said in a week the transformation of driver behaviour due to the bollards had made a huge difference.
"For the last week since we had the bollards we haven't had those frightening experi- ences," she said.
"Now there is a real consciousness that people do need to stop rather than damage their vehicle.
"I think the general consensus from other shop owners is that the landlords have done a very good thing in putting the bollards in."
Several other retailers said that the bollards had improved safety in the plaza.
Following the crash into the florist, tenants and staff said they fear for their safety walking around the plaza, as in 15 years there had been at least 10 incidents where run- away cars have collided with shops in the plaza, toilets or jumped the gutter.
Alstonville Plaza management did not return calls from The Northern Star.